Lasvit Captures Birds into Glass

LASVIT has created glass sculptures swirling down to the floor of the Grand Plaza Mövenpick Media City in Dubai.

Sometimes fascinating things happen without us noticing, like when a seagull swoops down to pick up its food from the water. Only someone manages to capture this in nature, but now you can watch it over and over again in the lobby of the GRAND PLAZA MÖVENPICK MEDIA CITY in Dubai.

“The installation aims to express the mood of the dawn when the flock of the birds flies up to the sky within the whirl of the sand on the sea shore, the movement and the sun rays reflections.” – Design Creator Kateřina Handlová, one of LASVIT’s in-house designers.

The Czech design and glassmaking company LASVIT has managed to materialise the essence of the movement of the seagull flying towards its prey into the glass sculpture.

The “Swoop,” as the designer Kateřina Handlová named her creation, is inspired by the fast, but still focused, flight of the bird. But if you stop and think out of the box, you can see the strength of nature in the beauty of glass. You can see the dramatic situation, when a bird is hunting its prey, as well as the romantic view on the beach when the sun is going down and the wind is picking up the sand in small swirls.

“As the glass components are floating and dancing through the space they are creating the light and sparkling ambience and leading the visitors through the whole hotel starting at lobby and heading to the upper levels.” – Design Creator Kateřina Handlová, one of LASVIT’s in-house designers.

The lowest point of the Swoop, symbolising the point when the seagull hits the water surface, is just about a mere 2.3 meters from reach of the visitors.

The light and sparkling ambience starts in the lobby and leads the visitors through the whole space as they head up to the upper levels of the Grand Plaza Mövenpick Media City. The colours of the installation comply with the mood of Dubai – the desert under a blazing sun, the moment when the Sun rises on the horizon and climbs up to welcome a new day.

“Due to the dynamic lighting scenes, the sculpture changes its look during the day and night in order to create a truly surprising and spectacular experience.” – Design Creator Kateřina Handlová, one of LASVIT’s in-house designers.

The swirl is composed from clear, amber and champagne components finished with soda and mica effects which contrast perfectly with the interior full of solid materials such as metal and stone.

The final installation consists of more than 3 500 pieces of crystal glass. Each and every one is handblown, which means that glassblowers had to make the same shape again and again while keeping the overall design still in mind.

For even more dynamic feeling the installation is dynamically lit and the light goes through it in several scenarios. Sometimes it illustrates the calm flight over the water and sometimes the swooping aimed flight. The lighting has the power to change the mood of the place and each day is different.

Thanks to LASVIT and the Grand Plaza Mövenpick Media City, you can feel like you are standing in the centre of the flock and the wind is whistling around your ears. See the force of nature tamed through the beauty of glass.

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