Shattered glass is proving to be a popular effect for large landscaping elements in contemporary residential and commercial projects. Created by glass artisan George Papadopoulos who is represented by Saffron Interior Arts, these innovative sculptural installations – such as a 2.5-metre x 40cm panel in a London garden – are particularly suited to being located outdoors.
Often the images created out of the smashed glass recall natural phenomena such as water, trees, clouds or sky, but the luminous surfaces also interact with their surroundings as light bounces off each panel, creating a dramatic focal point in the garden.
The result of much experimentation, the process involves creating artworks that are laminated between sheets of glass and deliberately broken to create a fractured surface. As a result of this unique process, the architectural-scale artworks look very fragile but are actually extremely durable thus expressing the essential paradox of glass as a material.
Each architectural panel is custom-made to suit its location and can be freestanding or fixed as part of a wall, fence or other partition. Many commissions feature multiple surfaces and a trio of panels was recently mounted in stainless steel bases in a courtyard. The glass can be coloured to an exact specification, opaque or translucent, even backlit, and depicting either a figurative or abstract image, but the result is intended to entice the viewer to look into the depths of the surface in wonder. As the glass is often reminiscent of moving water, these glass installations are particularly successful when combined with water features.Designer: George Papadopoulos for Saffron Interior Arts