Glass Gardens is an animated allegory of the role creativity plays in the survival of the human spirit. The protagonist wanders the destroyed ruins of a consumer culture, gathering relics, and creating new works. Glass Gardens is a black and white graphite-on-paper, cut-out animation. The film utilizes a variety of animation techniques: cutout sequential drawings, jointed characters, drawing and erasing under the camera, replacement animation, and in-camera special effects. The original was shot on 16mm film on Crafts' homemade animation stand.
Written, directed and animated by Lisa Crafts ©1982
Music by Laraaji
Glass Gardens has screened at The Museum of Modern Art, NY,
The Cinematheque Quebequois, Montreal; Walker Art Center, Minneapolis; Pacific Film Archive, San Francisco; ICA Boston, Image Forum, Tokyo, and at festivals including The Stuttgarter Animated Film Festival, Germany; Seattle International Film Festival and the International Animation Festival, France.
Glass Gardens is in the permanent collection of The Museum of Modern Art.