Here artist Igor Balbi steps into a field that was explored and made famous by Lucio Bubacco.
The two have collaborated for a while.
Igor concept here is not to give realism to human body but to stylize it. The bodies are more resembling mannequins a la De Chirico.
For this he can use transparent glass and not the opaline or opaque colors that Lucio Bubacco or Pino signoretto are using when making realistic human bodies to avoid trapping bubbles on the glass additions.
There is still some virtuosity concession on the hands details. See photos.
Bodies are dancing and both male and female are in amethyst color. Female wares a carnival mask.
The straight joints are made with zanfirico glass and the connection point uses a murrina with a red flower.
The bodies are tied to a branching tree in steel gray (acciaio) with black thorns.
Thorns are probably part of the meaning of the sculpture.
Goblet and base are in a tortoise effect that is typical of Balbi’s goblets.
So many details and skills are on this piece.
Beautiful torch glass sculpture, exceptionally large for this glass technique.
Igor Balbi (Artist)
Lucio Bubacco (Artist)
Height: 18.71 in. (47.5 cm)
Width: 9.45 in. (24 cm)
Depth: 6.3 in. (16 cm)
Modern (Of the Period)
Materials and Techniques
Place of Origin
Date of Manufacture
No sign of use.