Plato’s Caves are murrine-encased solid sculptures that create an optical illusion at each core using the magnifying properties of glass. It was inspired by The Allegory of the Cave, in which Plato contrasts truth versus perception.
Murrine work is extremely labor intensive, often building a single element over days or weeks to create an articulated rhythm in the final composition. Murrine are discs of glass made much like taffy; glass is repeatedly bundled, stretched, and sliced to create a detailed pattern. A layer of murrine is then heated and formed into a sheet, rolled into a cylinder, and incorporated into the final piece.
The intricate detailing of the murrine work when paired with magnification in Plato’s Caves elucidates the effects of perception on our experience of reality.