Amsterdam based Studio Drift has created In 20 Steps, an installation of moving glass bars, arranged in pairs and moving at different times to each other creating an impression of wings slowly flapping.

In 20 Steps is a tribute to the human desire to be able to fly, despite the force of gravity and the poetry of persistence in the face of adversity. Studio Drift is intrigued by the continuous attempts of humankind to deal with its limitations, so miraculously opposed to nature as these ventures might be.

Installed inside an old building on the island of Murano (renowned for its glassmaking industry) the piece is part of Glasstress 2015 Gotika, an exhibition organised by Russia’s State Hermitage Museum and glass company Berengo Studio; it will run until 27 September, during the 2015 Venice Art Biennale this summer.

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Images and video courtesy of Studio Drift