Fairytale Rapunzel inspires glass artist’s work

Artist Sabine Little with her 6 metre glass sculpture installed at Stainborough Castle
Artist Sabine Little with her 6 metre glass sculpture installed at Stainborough Castle
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RAPUNZEL, Rapunzel, let down your ‘glass’ hair for me.

Bolsterstone-based glass artist Sabine Little climbed up into one of the towers at Stainborough Castle, part of Wentworth Castle Gardens, Barnsley, to install a glass sculpture depicting fairytale character Rapunzel’s long, flowing hair.

It formed part of her Arts-Council-funded project, Follies for Follies, which has seen her creating glass sculptures and installations to complement architectural and garden follies around the country.

Sabine described the Rapunzel piece of art, a six-metre long sculpture, as her biggest challenge yet.

“The concept of building something just because you can, or fancy it, appeals to my love of whimsy,” she said.

“But above all, so many follies have stories attached to them - they might be ‘follies’, but they are neither pointless nor unimportant.

“I hope to achieve a similar balance with the sculptures, a mixture of historical context, thoughtfulness, stories, and plain folly.”

Sabine is a flameworker, who uses a torch to heat and manipulate glass rods into both beads and sculptures.

For her Rapunzel sculpture each of the 400 glass hairs was individually bent and shaped in the flame.