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Getting Smashed

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©Thoryn Ziemba

©Thoryn Ziemba

Last week, the picture above showed up in my WordPress reader along with a story about how someone had broken into an art studio and smashed it to bits. (See full story on Oh, the Places We See.) I was horrified that someone would want to do that to such a beautiful and moving piece of art. While certainly a terrible waste, it did, however, get me interested in the artist, Thoryn Ziemba.

He’s a pretty cool guy (with a great name). Raised by self-professed hippies, first in rural West Virginia, then in Pensacola, Florida, Ziemba grew up intrigued by urban styles of expression. Fascinated by graffiti, when he started working in glass, his creations immediately showed elements of the shapes used in street art. His use of both hot and cold glass-working methods combines with his graffiti influences to make for really striking, surprisingly architectural pieces.

I hope the unfortunate loss of the piece above gets Ziemba’s work loads of attention (and I hope the vandal really bashes the hell out of a toe or something).

©Thoryn Ziemba

©Thoryn Ziemba

©Thoryn Ziemba

©Thoryn Ziemba

©Thoryn Ziemba

©Thoryn Ziemba

©Thoryn Ziemba

©Thoryn Ziemba

©Thoryn Ziemba

©Thoryn Ziemba

©Thoryn Ziemba

©Thoryn Ziemba

©Thoryn Ziemba

This one reminds me a bit of these. ©Thoryn Ziemba

©Thoryn Ziemba

©Thoryn Ziemba

©Thoryn Ziemba

©Thoryn Ziemba

©Thoryn Ziemba

©Thoryn Ziemba

©Thoryn Ziemba

©Thoryn Ziemba

©Thoryn Ziemba

©Thoryn Ziemba

©Thoryn Ziemba

©Thoryn Ziemba

©Thoryn Ziemba

©Thoryn Ziemba

Author: Donna from MyOBT

I have committed to spending part of every day looking for at least one beautiful thing, and sharing what I find with you lovelies!

20 thoughts on “Getting Smashed

  1. I like very much glass art, it’s a noble product to work with.

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  2. I hope you’re right that the unfortunate act of vandalism garners the artist much-deserved attention. Such stunning work!

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  3. Whomever smashed that art piece will get their karmic justice. The pieces are beautiful. Some fluid and some static but all very beautiful!

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  4. People are dicks. At least he gets noticed for his troubles.

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  5. What beautiful pieces!
    I’ll bet you can appreciate this, as another OBT:

    Have a great day!

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  6. Sad that people think so little of other’s efforts. I appreciate being shown the beautiful glass work.

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  7. His work is so lovely that it really pains me to think of any of it being destroyed. Like you, I hope that his work at least gets a lot of positive exposures out of this.

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  8. These (or the likes of them)? Smashed? Aw! 😦

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  9. I just found this and want to thank you for your appreciation. Art is a journey!

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    • I’m so glad to hear from you! Did they ever catch the guy? We were all ready to far and feather him (then sell the resulting sculpture on Etsy). I’m thrilled you liked the piece. Your work is a real inspiration. Thank you!

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