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Wednesday August 2, 2023 | by William Ganis

Recycled glass plays a leading role in miraculous repair of major highway, introducing many to the potential of "foamed glass"

In June, a tanker truck full of gasoline caught fire and exploded under a six-lane bridge that carries traffic along a busy section of Interstate 95 in Philadelphia, killing driver Nathaniel Moody in the ensuing inferno. The heat was so intense that a northbound section of the I-95 overpass collapsed and the southbound lanes were so damaged they could no longer safely support the weight of the 160,000 vehicles using this crowded artery each day.

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Sunday April 3, 2022 | by William Ganis

Does the first work of glass art depicted in a Lego set mark how widespread and accepted glass sculpture has become?

Lego recently released its Boutique Hotel building kit (10297), the latest entry in its Creator Expert: Modular Buildings line directed to adult audiences. The designer Anderson Ward Grubb and illustrator Ashwin Visser have embodied in this miniature the increasing ubiquity of hotels in art districts as well as those such as 21C Museum Hotels or the Conrad Hotel in NYC, which have art collections and galleries. The great glasswork surprise is found in the model gallery in this kit -- a cube comprised of several small, transparent bricks -- the sole sculpture among four tiny artworks.

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Glass: The UrbanGlass Quarterly, a glossy art magazine published four times a year by UrbanGlass has provided a critical context to the most important artwork being done in the medium of glass for more than 40 years.