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the shanghai museum of glass

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the stunning shanghai museum of glass opened a couple weeks ago, designed by a diverse team of architects, illustrators and designers from switzerland, germany, china and france.  the museum is dedicated to glass and glass technology.

the museum has exhibits tracing the history of glass, from ancient glass-making to its present day use in space technology!

basically, this museum can answer any question you could possibly have about glass, but they answer it in unassuming ways – “answers can be found in hidden doors, revealing interactive objects and media installations about the glass that surrounds us every day. From high-tech glass for the pointy nose of a Space Shuttle to an ordinary vacuum thermos bottle, from glass-made bones to recycled glass for road construction”

Coordination Asia was responsible for the concept and art direction of the project, their main aim was to bridge the past, present and future of glass.  the museum has spaces dedicated to artists who work with glass.  they also have a partnership with Shanghai University, allowing student artists to use the space.

there is also a hot glass demonstration hall where the have glass blowing equipment so visitors can learn about the process.

looks like i need to make a trip out to Shanghai this summer!

– smiley

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