Outdoor Hanging Glass Sculpture Functions As a Sustainable Fly Repellent

August 7, 2013 by


Spotted this cool glass object from from designer José de la O in my inbox today, but wasn’t sure what it was.


Inspired by the traditional hanging plastic bags of water used to scare away flies at food markets and taco kiosks on the urban streets of Mexico,  de la O created the Anti Fly Sphere, a beautiful and functional glass sculpture hand-blown at a family-owned workshop in Mexico City.


Using Borosilicate Glass, a thinner, lighter glass that can resist abrupt thermal changes, there are two design variations of the sculptural fly deterring object. The “2.0” version has a sandblasted top and nylon rope while the mexican-inspired “3.0” version has a clear finish and a heavy duty leather rope.


Like the water-filled plastic bags, the glass sphere functions as a sustainable pesticide. The refracted water reflects and amplifies colors and movements, irritating the fly’s the sensitive eyes to repel it unharmed, while leaving food free of flies in a no fly zone.

Watch How It’s Made:


$79,00 US + Shipping and Handling via the designer.



  1. Katie said:

    Very cool looking- but I wished these bags of water actually worked! It’s an urban legend!

    — October 10, 2013 @ 16:46

  2. Dwight E Howell said:

    I’d like one with some fairy shrimp and algae growing in it please.

    — October 10, 2013 @ 17:36

  3. Robin Horton said:

    Hmm, create one and share it with us, please!

    — October 18, 2013 @ 17:33

  4. Robin Horton said:

    I’ve never tried one, but I’d like this just for sculpture.

    — October 18, 2013 @ 17:34

  5. chamaecyparis lawsoniana colum said:

    this one is great and is really a good post.. keep posting.

    — November 27, 2013 @ 07:45

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