The story behind the light
Steel skeleton and manually blown little glass balls. Installation of this kind had been dwelling deep in Maxim Velčovský’s mind for quite some time with an occasional sketch coming up every now and then. However, it was the Lotte Tower interior where at long last the idea finally surfaced from the depths of the subconscious, envisioning stories of the ancient tradition of Korean female divers.
Surrounded and lightened by thousands of tiny manually blown glass balls, the steel skeleton appears to be suddenly weightless.
This time, the technological challenge was not the sculpture’s giant dimensions, it was its tiniest components. It takes a lot of painstaking effort, to say the least, to blow more than 3000 equally small balls of glass.
Every little ball is an original. Each of them is both perfect and imperfect at the same time. Perfect, yet individually inaccurate. Perhaps a little like our very own blue planet, immersed in the deep blue space.
Sculpture in space
The Diver sculpture brings organic element of water into the heart of the modern building’s technicist design, providing the entire structure with a new depth. Submerge in it. Come on. Dive in.