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The flowing glass sculptures created by artist Ben Young are inspired by the seashore of the small coastal town in New Zealand where he grew up. “My whole life, I’ve constantly been around the ocean,” he says. “It’s a huge part of what I do.”

The 32-year-old artist is also a surfer and boatbuilder by trade. He started working with float glass, a standard windowpane material he gets from a local glassmaker, when he was 17. “You can do things that you can’t do using hot blown glass,” Young says, explaining that he can work on a larger scale since there is no “cool down” period as with ...

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