Art & Design

Written by Helen van Raaij

Eric Franklin
Image by: Eric Franklin

Body Electric

Eric Franklin is an award winning artist, and creator of the Body Electric series. The Body Electric series consists of handmade borosilicate glass and ionized neon sculptures that enliven and illuminate the anatomical model. 

Each piece of the series took Eric approximately 1000 hours to make.  Eric found the teeth the most difficult part due to the fact he had to work at the same time on the jaw.  In order to give each piece their unique glow the glass had to be perfectly sealed.

After filling each structure with gas, the neon color will be constant due to a metal wire which has been sealed within the glass.   Small color changes will occur when the surface of the glass is touched but will return its original state once you remove your hand.

The picture below is “An anatomical study of the human body considering the mind and body as one identity”.

For more information about Eric and his work, you can visit his website or read one of his interviews. Videos of him creating a sculpture can be found here.

Eric Franklin
Image by: Eric Franklin

Tags: Neon anatomy, eric franklin, borosilicate glass, anatomical model

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