“Glass is the most magical of all materials. It transmits light in a special way … I’m pleased that my art appeals to so many people of all ages…” Dale Chihuly
Dale Chihuly is an internationally known and highly regarded master glass artist whose skill at glass art is often compared to Louis Comfort Tiffany. About 9 years ago or so, I was in Chicago and visited the Garfield Park Conservatory as part of my sightseeing tour. Fortunately, the Conservatory was having a huge exhibit of Dale Chihuly’s glass sculptures and I spent many hours wandering through his spectacular, intricate works of art. I fell in love with his art and must have spent the entire day there because it was getting dark when I left and headed out.
“Great art is as irrational as great music. It is mad with its own loveliness.” George Jean Nathan
I was quite taken by the array of color, brightness, playfulness and skill in the glass sculptures at the Conservatory. It confirmed what Chihuly had once said that he wanted to use all 300 colors available to glass artists in his body of work. I took tons of pictures and couldn’t wait to develop them when I returned to NY. They were a kaleidoscope of glass pieces in terrific colors. I had quite lovely memories of my visit and vowed to stay in touch with his body of work and save my pictures. But alas, I have been unable to find those pictures. Today, Dale Chihuly’s glass art can be found in museums, hotels, institutions and private homes around the world.
In this post, I’ll share pictures of his phenomenal works of glass art for your enjoyment. There is much written about the man and I have added links to his Website and Wikipedia page. For this post, the genius of his artwork is the thing I most want to share…. Then, feel free to read up on his career and works. Of recent note is, Chihuly:Through the Looking Glass, his exhibit at the Boston Museum which ran from April 10, 2011 – August 8, 2011, and the gorgeous glass garden he is building in Seattle; next to the Space Needle… More on that later.