Glass Bubbles in the Butterfly Building in Karlin

Published 25 May 2018

LASVIT´s glass bubble portraits decorate the Butterfly’s four lobbies. Maxim Velcovsky, has created glass portraits of four people who have had lasting influence on the face of Karlín, one of the most iconic, colorful and vibrant of Prague’s neighborhoods.

Over three thousand glass bubbles had to be made for the making of each portrait. They were then placed on the interior walls, and assembled into a seemingly random constellation of dots which, upon closer look, show a concrete image.

“Using basic outlines, I composed the portraits of four famous people who contributed to Karlín’s unique spirit. Formally, I was interested in that moment when an abstract cluster of individual components starts to congeal in one’s mind into a coherent whole,” explains Velčovský.

Velčovský has been creating sculptures and light installations from similar glass bubbles in the past, and LASVIT has used the material for projects such as the Diver installation in South Korea’s Lotte World Tower, or the unique three-part sculpture of the Horse, Lion and Shoe in Prague’s Quadrio shopping center.


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