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96/202/1 Sculpture, 'Kite', glass, designed and made by Bertil Vallien, Sweden, 1989. Click to enlarge.

'Kite' by Bertil Vallien

Made by Beril Vallien with the assistance of a group of glass workers in his studio, in 1989. Vallien first makes a wooden model of the boat and burries it into a rectangular container filled with sand. The impression of the wooden boat becomes his mould. Then he places small glass sculptures and other elements at the bottom of the mould according to his design. They are fixed in place with the first layers of molten glass which are poured into the mould (the gathers are in the half-molten …


Object No.


Object Statement

Sculpture, 'Kite', glass, designed and made by Bertil Vallien, Sweden, 1989

Physical Description

Sculpture, 'Kite', glass, designed and made by Bertil Vallien, Sweden, 1989

A heavy, sand-cast glass sculpture in the form of a long, narrow boat, the outside matt-finished walls encapsulate the solid, clear glass interior cut flat at the top. Suspended inside the boat are differently coloured small glass elements, including a human face, trapped at different levels of the cast glass.



125 mm


1165 mm


120 mm



Designed by Bertil Vallien.

This sculpture was made in 1989



Displayed in the 'Bertil Vallien' exhibition at the Ken Done Gallery at the Rocks, Sydney, 17.4.96-5.5.96


Credit Line

Purchased 1996

Acquisition Date

5 June 1996

Cite this Object


'Kite' by Bertil Vallien 2021, Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, accessed 24 October 2021, <>


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