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Kosta Boda reveals $1 million boat

Swedish art glass manufacturer Kosta Boda has created its most prestigious project since 1742

One of the world’s foremost glass artists, Bertil Vallien, will be presenting his One Million Dollar Boat, Passage, at SOFA Chicago, November 3rd-6th, with American partner Hawk Galleries.

This is the largest, most expensive and mysterious sculpture ever created at Swedish glass manufacturer Kosta Boda, a truly epic art piece, valued at $1 million.

Founded in 1742, Kosta Boda celebrates its 275th anniversary next year. Bertil Vallien's masterpiece Passage was created to honour Sweden's oldest glassworks and pay homage to its 53-year partnership with the artist by providing an unbridled opportunity for him to
create his legacy piece.

With this project, Bertil Vallien is portraying the mythology of the history of the world, from birth to death. From the virgin princess to the mummification - the individual who wants to be immortal and live forever in time.

"Bertil is internationally renowned, holds several design and art awards, and his work is represented in the most prestigious museums around the world. Thus, we are honoured to unveil Passage, perhaps Bertil Vallien's most awe-inspiring and majestic masterwork," ays Donna Davies, Vice President, Art Group of Urban Expositions.

Tom Hawk, junior director of Hawk Galleries adds: "Passage embodies an extraordinary artistic partnership between Bertil Vallien, one of the world's leading artists, and Kosta Boda, Sweden's most storied glassworks. Hawk Galleries feels privileged to unveil the crown jewel of these two titans' 53-year collaboration at one of America's leading art fairs, SOFA Chicago 2016."

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