Meteor, Flower, Bird (515)

Meteor, Flower, Bird by Stanislav Libenský and Jaroslava Brychtová
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Stanislav Libenský (Czech, 1921–2002) and
Jaroslava Brychtová (Czech, b. 1924)
Czechoslovakia, Železný Brod
Designed in 1978 and made in 1980
Mold-melted glass, cut; steel structure
H: 222 cm, W: 225.9 cm

Stanislav Libenský and Jaroslava Brychtová pioneered, explored, developed, and defined glass as a medium for contemporary sculpture. The career in glass of this husband-and-wife team spanned more than 45 years. Their art explores ideas about light, color, space, and transparency.

The architectural installation Meteor, Flower, Bird was commissioned by The Corning Museum of Glass. Created in collaboration with Museum architect Gunnar Birkerts, the sculpture is 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.