“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.
“As a parent and an artist, I’m especially looking forward to leaving a legacy at The Children’s Museum, a place where I hope my work brings joy to children who visit from all over the world.” Dale Chihuly
Dale Chihuly: Through the Looking Glass at the MFA – Video Link Above.
I love all kinds of art and love to visit museums, parks, and foundrys; both locally and away from home. One thing that is certain is that a visit to a Dale Chihuly exhibit will take your breath away. The sheer magnificence of the size of his pieces, the vibrancy of the colors used, the intricate way the pieces are made, and how they shimmer with light will hold you captive, read mesmerized, for hours; plus, his installations are magical. If an exhibit comes to a city near you, go check it out. Also his website has a list of places where you may go to enjoy his glass art. The CEPAC, Kew Gardens, MAM and other exhibits shared above were fantastic. Stay Inspired! What are your thoughts? Have you seen a Chihuly exhibit? Were you drawn to specific glass sculptures? Did you enjoy what you saw? Do share? Thank you! 🙂
This post was inspired by a prompt from Plinky: What type of art do you appreciate most? Dance? Film? Architecture? Photography?
Positive Motivation Tip: Art comes in many dazzling forms; find your path and create some magic.
- Dale Chihuly center countdown begins (seattletimes.nwsource.com)
- Chihuly Glass Tree Gets to Stay (bostonartimages.wordpress.com)
- Chihuly Beauty (psychmamma.wordpress.com)
- A Wonderland Through the Looking Glass: The Art of Dale Chihuly (jonathanturley.org)
- Slide show:Largest Chihuly exhibit on earth groundbreaking (bizjournals.com)
PHOTO CREDITS/ATTRIBUTIONS: All Photos Dale at TED, Wild at Kew Gdns, Glass Tangle, Ballroom Chandelier at CEPAC, Red Glass at Kew Gdns, Glass Flowers at Kew Gdns, Glass up close at Milwaukee Art Museum, VandA Rotunda, via Wikipedia, Seafoam Set & Mille Fiori V 2004 via Chihuly.com, Or Chihuly Persian Ceiling by eHoyer via Flickr.