In 1986, near Grado in Northern Italy, a roman shipwreck was discovered at the bottom of the sea. The ship – the Julia Felix – carried a barrel of broken glass destined for recasting. Glass can be recycled endlessly without ever losing its quality. To produce recycled glass, broken or waste glass called cullet is used as a substitute for raw materials. The use of cullet reduces the use of natural resources and, as its melting point is lower, it also uses less energy which in turn reduces the amount of CO2 emitted during manufacturing. Curator Alice Stori Liechtenstein invited twelve designers to produce objects in recycled glass and glass blower Marc Barreda worked with several of them to help them realise their ideas. Renowned Glassmaster Lino Tagliapietra will also present a work.
The exhibition is a project sponsored by CoReVe, a non-profit consortium established in 1997 to promote and ensure the collection, separation and recycling of waste glass packaging.– www.coreve.it
Alice Stori Liechtenstein is an Italian curator specialised in contemporary design. She is the founder of Schloss Hollenegg for Design, a program based in Austria which supports emerging designers and design culture. In 2023 she is curating two further exhibitions on glass: Ashes & Sand at Schloss Hollenegg and 200 Years Lobmeyr at the Museum of Applied Arts in Vienna.