It seems impossible, but Italian sculptor Mario Ceroli is an artist who successfully captured the essence of an ocean wave and brought that magnificence indoors for everyone to enjoy. For more than 40 years, the Rome-based artist has produced all kinds of sculpted environmental wonders with materials like wood and glass.
The silhouetted shapes mimic the movement of the ocean, in which the water is captured mid-crest and then frozen in time. In his signature style, Ceroli connects the thin layers of uniquely texturized materials with the surrounding space in an attempt to redefine the relationship the viewer has with the environment.
These two specific pieces, entitled La Vague and Maestrale, sit in direct juxtaposition, with the first formed out of shimmering glass, while the second is sculpted from dense wood. In La Vague, light shines through the piece and mimics the sun, casting a stream of stunning color variations across the surface of the waves. Carved out of wood, Maestrale is quite the opposite, in which the solid, dense piece sits impenetrable by light—a complete contrast to the sparkling ocean water found in nature.