Just blown away!
Every now and again you find that one artist that makes you absolutely swoon with admiration. For me, that artist is Dale Chihuly and his wonderful blown glass creations and abstract paintings. I’ve been to several of his installations—in Tucson at the Desert Museum, at the Crystal Bridges Museum in Bentonville, AR, even as far away as Sentosa Island in Singapore. I never miss a chance to view his work, even though I’ve seen some installations multiple times. In addition to his exhibitions, there are chandeliers of his in hotels and businesses all over the country and each one is absolutely spectacular.
I’ve dabbled in glass work, mostly bead making (lampworking), but I did have the opportunity to blow glass several years ago in Austin, TX and it is an experience I will never forget. The team work that goes into creating large, sculptural pieces is staggering. Even creating a small vase or an orb takes multiple people working together in very hot and dangerous conditions. Yet, it is an art form that, once you try it, nothing else comes close.
Recently, I had the opportunity to visit the Chihuly Garden and Glass Museum at the base of the Space Needle in Seattle and as usual, I was blown away. Chihuly’s work never gets old and even though I’ve seen his work multiple times, each time is like new and takes my breath with the beauty and magnitude of his installations. His colors and forms and how everything comes together after a seemingly simple yet visionary design squirted out on canvas amazes me! His (one-eyed) vision is far deeper and brilliant than anything I could imagine in a million years.
Here are a few of my favorite pieces. There are so many that I love but, alas, there is only so much room in these blogs. Please, PLEASE, if you ever get a chance to visit a Chihuly installation, GO! Don’t even stop to think about it, just do it. You won’t be sorry.