A work to blow your mind!

A work to blow your mind!

Dec 20

A few years ago (1998) I saw an exposition in the Columbus Museum of Art that blew my mind! I went to see Dale Chihuly‘s colored-glass “chandeliers” created to be installed over the canals of Venice. Those peaces contain nearly 2,500 individual parts and took a team of 14 people more than 10 days to assemble it. Together, the 11 chandeliers weight more than 5 tons.

Seaform Pavilion
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Boats

Glass Forest #3

Kew Palm House Star

Macchia Forest

Mercato di pesce di Rialto Chandelier

Mille Fiori

Persian Ceiling

Persian Chandelier

Persian Ceiling

Persians

Reeds

Saffron Tower

Venetians & Ikebana

Sun

Dale Chihuly was born in Tacoma, Washington, in 1941 and began working with glass in the early 1960s at the University of Wisconsin and at the Rhode Island School of Design. Chihuly furthered his artistic explorations after 1968 when he was awarded a Fulbright Fellowship to become the first American glassblower to work for the renowned Venini Factory in Murano, Venice. Chihuly was most impressed by the Italian method of blowing glass in a team — each person responsible for a set of synchronizes duties under the direction of the maestro. This collaborative approach became the foundation of the Pilchuck Glass School, which Chihuly co-founded in Seattle in 1971.

Since that exhibition in Ohio, I saw his work in a hotel in Bahamas and also in front of the casino in Monaco. If you have the opportunity to see his work, I recommend it! It’ll take your breath away!

Current exhibitions:

Chihuly at CityCenter
The Gallery, CityCenter, Las Vegas, Nevada
December 4, 2009 – December 2010
Chihuly at Litvak

Litvak Gallery, Tel Aviv, Israel
December 11, 2010 – April 30, 2011

Upcoming exhibitions:

Chihuly: Through the Looking Glass
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Massachusetts
April 10 – August 7, 2011

1 comment

  1. pasail

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