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When last year Polish artist Marta Klonowska's shattered glass animal sculptures appeared at the European Glass Context 2012, everyone was left awestruck.

The best thing about Marta's animal sculptures is that they are translucent sculpture, made from the broken pieces of colored glass.

Marta was born in Warsaw in 1964 and she is currently based in Düsseldorf. Ever since Marta started studying at the Academy of Fine Arts in Wroclaw, Poland, glass has been her favorite artistic medium. Most of Marta's sculptures are inspired by animals from some historical paintings from artists like Peter Paul Rubens, Michel de Bouillon and Francisco de Goya.

According to the artist, "My animal figures are part of historical paintings, where they play a secondary role to the sitters. In my art the animals perform as the principal actor. Animals are difficult to understand and it is difficult to communicate with them. My glass animals open therefore a new reality, which is different from ours. The sitters in the painting, the animals and the audience of my art perform in a kind of theatrical stage, where the different levels become indistinct. This clash of realities should make us think about the uncertainties of life."

Here are some of our favorite glass sculpture from Marta. Have a look:











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