Jason Gamrath lush glass art at Phipps in Pittsburgh http://www.offbeattravel.com/tji-pittsburgh-phipps-glass-art.html

Stunning New SUPER. NATURAL. Glass Art Exhibit Attracts Thousands to Phipps Conservatory in Pennsylvania

Phipps Conservatory and Jason Gamrath are mesmerizing guests of all ages with his massive larger-than-life glass sculptures inspired by nature in SUPER. NATURAL.

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The new blockbuster exhibition features the renowned contemporary glass artistry of Jason Gamrath, from its unique colossal Venus fly trap to breathtaking orchids up to 14 feet tall, each representing their living counterparts on a super-sized scale.

Jason Gamrath at Work

For a full year, Gamrath and his team worked tirelessly to create new art for this show. Gamrath begins the process by sketching the flower and scaling it to massive proportions. Then, in a furnace that is 2,100 degrees Fahrenheit, he melts clear glass rocks to make up the shape of the flower. Color and patterns are added by dusting the glass with white powder in alternating layers.

When he is finished, Gamrath stores the piece in a furnace that brings the glass from 910 degrees to room temperature over the course of three days.

Following successful glass exhibitions at Phipps including Dale Chihuly, reviews describe SUPER. NATURAL. as a must-see destination that is "breathtaking," "enormous," "over the top" and "out of this world." The show appeals to families, visitors and glass artwork enthusiasts alike.

About Phipps

Founded in 1893, Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens in Pittsburgh, Pa. is a green leader among public gardens with a mission to inspire and educate all with the beauty and importance of plants; to advance sustainability and promote human and environmental well-being through action and research; and to celebrate its historic glasshouse.

Meet international glass artist and SUPER. NATURAL. creator Jason Gamrath at the Artist Meet and Greet Event at Phipps on Wednesday, August 23rd from 2 -- 5 p.m.

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August 1, 2017

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