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Imagine Museum is thrilled to announce the unveiling of its latest installation: Uranium Glass. This stunning array of contemporary glass art is lighting up St. Pete’s art scene with its unforgettable glow. Explore the cutting-edge intersection of art and science as we present a dozen new masterpieces that redefine the boundaries of glass artistry.

What is Uranium Glass?

Uranium glass, also known as Vaseline glass, is a captivating and unique form of glass infused with uranium oxide. This infusion imparts a distinct luminescent quality, causing the glass to emit a mesmerizing glow under ultraviolet light. Dating back to the 19th century, the accidental discovery of uranium’s transformative effect on glass opened the door to a new realm of artistic possibilities. Uranium glass gained prominence in Victorian England, earning the moniker “Vaseline glass” for its resemblance to the translucent hue of petroleum jelly. Its radiant glow in this era became synonymous with opulence and sophistication. Seamlessly transitioning into the Art Deco period, uranium glass maintained its allure through geometric designs and vibrant colors. The temporary decline during World War II due to uranium restrictions was followed by a post-war resurgence, characterized by artists and glassmakers pushing the boundaries of traditional craftsmanship.

Tea cup - Uranium Glass Installation

Today, uranium glass not only preserves its vintage charm but also enjoys a renewed appreciation among contemporary artists and art lovers. The characteristic yellow or greenish hue, coupled with the glass’s ethereal fluorescence, has made uranium glass a sought-after collector’s item and a favorite among enthusiasts of vintage, antique, and contemporary glass art alike. Beyond its aesthetic appeal, the blend of art and science in uranium glass continues to captivate audiences, making it a fascinating and radiant chapter in the world of glass craftsmanship .This resurgence has created a compelling bridge between the rich history and the ever-evolving landscape of glass artistry.

Two yellow glass art pieces as part of Uranium Glass Installation

Contemporary Elegance with Uranium

Our 11 featured artists have harnessed the unique properties of uranium to push the envelope of contemporary glass art. Experience the harmonious fusion of modern design and age-old craftsmanship, as these pieces showcase the versatility that uranium glass brings to the glass art world.

Plan Your Radiant Visit: Imagine Museum invites you to delve into this radiant installation where artistic expression meets scientific marvel. Be part of the conversation, explore the glow, and witness the future of contemporary glass art. Plan your visit to Imagine Museum in St. Petersburg, Florida and be among the first to encounter this groundbreaking Uranium Glass Collection. This avant-garde installation is on view now through February 2024. Don’t miss the opportunity to witness the evolution of contemporary glass art.

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