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Gabriel Loire - Symphonic Sculpture

Gabriel Loire (April 21, 1904 – December 25, 1996) was a French stained glass artist whose extensive works, appear in many venues around the world including the Hakone Open-Air Museum, in Japan which hosts a number of artistic sculptures .


The museum creates a harmonic balance of nature and art by exhibiting the various sculptures in combination with views of the surrounding valley and mountains.


One of the main highlights of the museum is the "Symphonic Sculpture” by Loire. This 18-metre tall lookout tower features a spiral staircase that allows visitors to admire the stained glass artwork from the tower's interior.


Loire was a leader in the modern use of "slab glass" (French: dalle de verre) which is much thicker and stronger than the stained glass technique of the Middle Ages.


Japanese photographer, Hisa (@Hisa0808) took the following stunning shots of the staircase

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