Corning Museum of Glass commission: Bespoke variation of Crossfire Series

Geoffrey Mann (Photographer)

Research output: Non-textual formArtefact


Among these groundbreaking designs is his Cross-fire series of works that is both aesthetically sophisticated and technically innovative. Made of borosilicate glass that is flameworked, Cross-fire is inspired by mapping the soundwaves of the 1999 film American Beauty. Using 3D printing, Mann created his models to illustrate the sound waves from the argument between the characters of Lester Burnham and his wife as they ricochet back and forth across the table, altering the ceramic dishes, glasses, and silver tableware, transforming the wine glass and decanter from simple, modern forms into highly irregular shapes. The Cross-fire wine glasses and water jug were designed in 2010 and fabricated in 2016. The decanter and stopper, inspired by the Cross-fire animation, were designed and fabricated in 2016. The objects are accompanied by 360-degree photography/animation, which the Museum will feature on its website. The glass objects were created with the assistance of John Liddell, a scientific glassblower, and the animations were made with the assistance of designer Chris LaBrooy. This is the first work of Mann’s to enter the Museum’s collection.

Press Release:
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 15 Mar 2016


  • Glass
  • Animation
  • Commission
  • Digital Art
  • Materiality
  • 3D printing

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