30-foot glass torch sculpture unveiled at UT Student Union

Tennessee

A 30-foot glass sculpture weighing over 4,000 pounds was unveiled Tuesday inside the newly-completed student union building at the University of Tennessee.

People packed in to see the massive, multi-ton torch sculpture.

The head of the group behind the project, Matthew Cummings with Pretentious Glass, says it took months to make. The planning period alone took over six months.

Cummings also says the sculpture is the largest he’s ever made. In total, it comes out to around 30 feet tall and weighs over 4,000 pounds. The sculpture depicts a fiery torch as is made of 320 individual pieces of glass.

320 of these. I mean, it took us like two weeks to do the installation, Cumming said. But I’m terrified of heights so I was like, I’m going to sit back and was like this goes there and this goes here and I’m not going to get near that hole though.

Cummings says Pretentious Glass kept the project a secret ever since they finished the sculpture in August. He says it was well worth the wait.

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