Meteor, Flower, Bird

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Object Name: 
Meteor, Flower, Bird
Accession Number: 
Overall H: 222 cm, W: 225.9 cm
On Display
designed in 1978
made in 1980
Web Description: 
Transparency is one of the most important and most characteristic aspects of glass. It is penetrating; it dematerializes the material and connects it with the atmosphere. – Stanislav Libenský The internationally acclaimed artists Stanislav Libenský and Jaroslava Brychtová have pioneered, explored, developed, and defined cast glass as a medium for contemporary sculpture. The architectural installation Meteor, Flower, Bird was commissioned by The Corning Museum of Glass in 1978. Created in collaboration with Museum architect Gunnar Birkerts, the sculpture was conceived in three parts and composed of multiple cast glass elements that are attached to a steel structure. Meteor incorporates the Museum’s logo and represents Corning as the international center for information about glass. Flower symbolizes the eternal beauty of glass and reflects the organic, amorphous shape of the silver Birkerts building. Bird is represented by the dove of peace, which refers to the global language of glass that is unrestrained by borders.
Art Centrum, Former Collection
Primary Description: 
Sculpture, "Meteor, Flower, Bird". Colorless glass; mold-melted, cut, ground, polished, assembled; steel structure.
Corning Museum of Glass
Sculpture Gallery
Czechoslovakian Glass 1350-1980
Corning Museum of Glass 1981-05-02 through 1981-11-01
Six centuries of objects from five Czechoslovakian museums and more than 20 contemporary Czech glass artists. From the geographic region of Czechoslovakia known as Bohemia, came (and continues to come) a dazzling sequence of decorative designs and techniques for the embellishment of glass. The history of the Czechoslovakian artist is not simply a catalog of applied decorative techniques, but a sequential array of innovations and improvements that have often set the standard for the rest of the world.
Mould Making for Glass (2019) illustrated, p. 6 (image by the author, published upside down);
Czech Glass (2nd edition) (2018) illustrated, p. 122-123;
Ceske sklo (2018) illustrated, pp. 122-123; BIB# 717646
CTbK_OTO KATO N3KYCTBO (2014) illustrated, p. 89, left; BIB# 142483
Jury Statements (New Glass Review 33) (2012) illustrated, p. 72; BIB# AI87128
Mould Making for Glass (2011) illustrated, p. 6 (image by the author, published upside down);
Casting Poetic Sentiment: Glass Art Creation Methodology (2008) illustrated, p. 52, fig. 58; BIB# 107146
Casting Poetic Sentiment: Glass Art Creation Methodology (2008) illustrated, p. 52, fig. 58; BIB# 107146
1950'den gunumuze cam heykel sanati (2007) illustrated, p. 99, #159; BIB# 120378
Modern and contemporary art glass (2006) illustrated, slide 15; BIB# 130418
Il Corning Museum (2005-06) illustrated, p. 22 middle; BIB# AI98014
Contemporary American Glass Art Education: A Handbook (2002) illustrated, p. 66; BIB# 109340
Czech Glass (1st edition) (2001) illustrated, p. 96 (fig. 121);
Glass: Top Treasures of the Century (2000/03) illustrated, pp. 126-127;
Glass: an artist's medium (1998) illustrated, p. 166; BIB# 60085
Glass Art (1996) illustrated, p. 56; BIB# 36413
Chihuly, Libensky, Brychtova: [exhibition] January 7-28, 1994 (1994) illustrated, p. 7 (image is upside down);
Arts Walk, Crystal Country (1991) pp. 42-43;
A Short History of Glass (1990 edition) (1990) illustrated, p. 107, 110-111; #97; BIB# 33211
The History of Glass (1989 edition) (1989) illustrated, p. 256 (top); BIB# 150278
New Glass Review, 6 (1985) illustrated, p. 41, #115;
The History of Glass (1984 edition) (1984) illustrated, p. 256 (top); BIB# 22683
Czechoslovakian Glass: 1350-1980 (Exhibition) (1981) illustrated, 120-121, 161; #119; BIB# 30316
Recent Important Acquisitions, 23 (1981) illustrated, p. 105, #51; BIB# AI98083
New Corning Museum of Glass (1980) illustrated, p. 59;
A Short History of Glass (1980 edition) (1980) illustrated, pp. 92-93, #94; BIB# 21161