Glass sculpture takes climate stripes into the gallery
23 September 2022
Artistic glass creations featuring climate stripes graphics created at the University of Reading are set to be shown off in an exhibition in London.
Glass artist Cathryn Shilling has been taking her striking models on tour as she helps to raise awareness about global warming.
Her collection, entitled ‘The Path We Follow’, was recently on display at the British Glass Biennale in Stourbridge in the West Midlands.
The pieces include a magnificent mosaic of the stripes and several glass vessels featuring the design.
Cathryn said: “The rise of temperature change across Europe using observed data can be visualised in more than one way, however there is no doubt that we are following a dangerous path.
“This installation is in two parts. A mosaic visualises the temperature change across Europe for the 50 years from 1975-2020.
"The vessels represent an assembly of European nations, each displaying their own rise in temperature change over 80 years.
“It is only by taking action now and working together that we can follow a new temperature path to a sustainable future.”
Cathryn was one of 103 artists selected out of 223 applicants to present the most interesting, diverse and outstanding glass art made in the UK in the past three years.
The stripes will next be showcased in VETRO II: Exploring the Venetian Influence at London Glassblowing in Bermondsey Street from 7 - 29 October.
The exhibition is set to take place after Reading Climate Festival, where the climate stripes will once again be on display. Running between 24 September – 4 October, Reading Climate Festival offers a series of free in-person and online events to inspire and encourage positive action on climate change.
The University of Reading is hosting two events and is involved in four others over the course of the festival.