Thursday, April 12, 2012

Glass Artwork (A Chihuly Exhibit)

When it comes to glass artwork three names that pop into my head are Murano, Lalique, and Chihuly.  In school I remember working on a group project where we designed a patio filled with glass artwork inspired by some of the greats.  It's always a treat getting to see some of these fine pieces of work in real life.  Today I thought I would share some photos from one of these artists, Dale Chihuly.  Never heard of him?  Perhaps you've been to Vegas and seen some Chihuly art in the Bellagio gardens.

A few years back, shortly after I graduated my husband surprised me with tickets to the Botanical Gardens in Phoenix where they had on display Chihuly art throughout the desert landscape.  I was like a kid in a candy shop with so many pretty colors competing for my attention.  Believe it or not but the landscape was the perfect background.

The organic feel of the smooth flame like glass next to coarseness of the cactus was a sight to behold.  There were some pieces that fit so naturally in the desert.  

Each piece itself had so much texture and depth.  

We went to the gardens just before sun down so the light was reflecting off each piece, making the gardens glitter.  

I think perhaps one of the reasons I felt that the Chihuly art fit so well in this setting was because of the great diversity in plants.  You had tall plants, short stumpy plants, prickly plants, lush green bushes, etc, but overall they were still in the neutral color family, showcasing the individuality of each piece of glass without trying to be competitive.     

Yet it wasn't hard to picture these crystal like pieces naturally flourishing throughout the land.   

Sometimes they were the center of attention, other times they were hidden treasures to be found like this boat.  If I remember correctly this piece was slightly hidden behind some bushes and trees.  Overall it was my favorite piece.  I loved the color, setting, and the innovation of shapes and lines.  I love art, in all forms.    


  1. Love Chihuly's glass masterpieces! Saw his exhibit in Miami a few years ago and was blown away. I'm going to pull my pics out now and enjoy the exhibit all over again. Enjoyed your photos too!

  2. I love his shows and how he incorporates nature. I have seen his show in San Francisco and also San Jose, both were spectacular and quite an experience, each installation unique and wonderful! You will always remember this.

  3. Very cool! I love that last one, too.