Epistemic Artefacts by Maria Sparre-Petersen

The Epistemic Artefact series are results of experiments with recycled soda lime glass from containers, windows and farmaceutical glass. The glass is 100 % infinitely recyclable without loss of material qualitity. Recycling reduces the temperature needed to melt the glass, and the virgin materials subtracted from the earth. The soda-lime glass has different material qualities than the glass most commonly used by glass makers. These qualities are explored in the Epistemic Artefacts in order to gain more knowledge of the aesthetic possibilities for artistic expression for the recycled glass.

The results of the explorations were displayed at Collect 2023 at the Summerset House in Londong with Northlands Creative Glass.

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Trace Pavilion by Maria Sparre-Petersen, Isak Worre Foged and Vasiliki Fragkia

Glass is an omnipresent material in design and architecture. The positive properties of robustness, expressive depth and transparent characteristics are countered with high energy costs in production and extensive use of virgin materials (mainly sand).

Trace Pavilion is a collaborative project between glass designer Maria Sparre-Petersen and architects Isak Worre Foged and Vasiliki Fragkia exploring how glass from used windows can be extracted and developed into articulated glass assemblies. We propose alternatives to the linear economy of producing new glass panes from virgin materials by exploring and developing artistic design methods to reuse and rearticulate existing window glass from a renovation of a building on the Royal Danish Academy campus in Holmen Copenhagen, that was headed for the landfill.

Instead of re-melting the glass it has been transformed by use of waterjet cutting and sand blasting technologies to achieve the highest qualitative impact on humans with the least possible energy use. Hence, the glass has obtained diverse qualities to transfer, diffuse, refract, intensify, and tone light phenomena. The rearticulated architectural glass elements are assembled into a demonstrator, allowing humans to perceive and respond to the material/light phenomena developed.

The demonstrator was exhibited in Grønnegaarden at Designmuseum Danmark, with a launch coinciding with the 3-Days of Design event and extending over the duration of the summer of 2023. Upon deinstallation it was donated to Taastrup Svømmehal for permanent display.