Dustin Yellin’s “Window Sandwiches” Are The Coolest Collages We’ve Ever Seen

Published December 30, 2020
Updated November 7, 2023

New York-based artist Dustin Yellin captures the human form in glass slides, creating beautiful window sandwiches in the process.

Artist Dustin Yellin calls them “window sandwiches,” but these incredible collages are much cooler than lunch meat could ever be. In partnership with the New York City Ballet, Yellin has created glass-encased collages that depict the body of a dancer “frozen” in motion. More than a dozen window sandwiches were recently unveiled at the atrium of the David H. Koch Theatre in NYC’s Lincoln Center.

The result: breathtaking, human-like specimens trapped within glass, suspended in air for eternity.

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3D Ballet Collages by Dustin Yellin

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Each of Dustin Yellin’s collages is carefully constructed from a number of glass slides or “windows.”

Dustin Yellin discusses his project for New York City Ballet.

Ordinary objects—trash, cut-up encyclopedias, magazines—embellish the slides, which are then fused together to create one unified piece. Yellin made 15 glass collages for the ballet, each weighing in at a whopping 3,000 pounds.

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New York City Ballet Art Aerial View

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Window Sandwiches Glass Collages

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Though Yellin created these human figures specifically for the New York City Ballet, he has been making glass-encased sculptures for a while as part of a six-year project, Psychogeographies.

It all started after Yellin experimented with embedding natural materials in resin. From there, he realized that he could use the atmosphere as a medium, and began creating stacked images that evoked the natural world. As you might imagine, Yellin’s three-dimensional collages have been an international hit.

Dustin Yellin New York City Ballet Art

NYC Ballet Art Series

Kiri Picone
Kiri Picone holds a B.A. in English and creative writing from Pepperdine University and has been writing for various digital publishers for more than 10 years.
John Kuroski
John Kuroski is the editorial director of All That's Interesting. He graduated from New York University with a degree in history, earning a place in the Phi Alpha Theta honor society for history students. An editor at All That's Interesting since 2015, his areas of interest include modern history and true crime.
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Picone, Kiri. "Dustin Yellin’s “Window Sandwiches” Are The Coolest Collages We’ve Ever Seen." AllThatsInteresting.com, December 30, 2020, https://allthatsinteresting.com/dustin-yellin. Accessed May 23, 2024.