Listen as curator Tina Oldknow describes Cityscape, created by artist Jay Musler. He chose a spherical container blown of industrial Pyrex glass, which he cut in half. He then cut the rim of the hemisphere into a jagged edge, sandblasted it, and airbrushed it with oil paint. The sculpture’s relatively large size and the techniques used to execute it reflect new trends in American studio glass in the 1980s.
Cityscape is reminiscent of an urban landscape at sunset, the profiles of darkening buildings contrasting with the glowing red-orange of a setting sun. Although Musler is best known for his sculptures assembled from pieces of painted flat glass, Cityscape is one of his most widely recognized works. It is an excellent example of how artists may interpret traditional domestic glass forms, such as functional bowls, as sculpture.