Dale Chihuly photos (glass artist)

Reply Fri 2 Mar, 2007 12:09 pm
About a week or so ago I went to the Franklin Park plant conservatory in Columbus, Ohio where they had some of Dale Chihuly's work. The entire collection wasn't there this time, and won't be again until sometime in 2009, but I was impressed with what I did see.

Here are some pictures I took. (Amateur, sorry. Smile )

Part of the glass ceiling. Everytime it is assembled, it looks different because there are so many pieces to put together. I thought that was kind of intresting.

Glass floats.


This was a spider who had taken a liking to the piece pictured above ...


I apologize for the poor quality of the chandalier picture. I have more, but they didn't turn out as I had hoped. Gorgeous in person though.


The Dale Chihuly glass flower garden.

A couple of closer shots . . .

Hope you all enjoy. :wink:
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Reply Fri 2 Mar, 2007 12:11 pm
Geez, I've been here almost three years and haven't made it to the Franklin Park Conservatory yet!!

Thanks so much for the photos and the nudge, Violet Child. It's not often that I see something fabulous on A2K and can then jump right in my car and go see it myself.
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Reply Fri 2 Mar, 2007 12:13 pm
Set and I went to see Chihuly at the Conservatory about 4 years ago. It's a great setting for his work.

Thanks for sharing the photos, VioletChild.
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Reply Fri 2 Mar, 2007 12:13 pm
Columbus is about 2 hours from where I am, so I was very very excited to hear about it. It was a lot of fun to see. And I got to try my hand at some photography or other works. I highly reccomend seeing it! Very Happy
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Reply Fri 2 Mar, 2007 12:13 pm
Thank you! I enjoyed it very much. His work is fascinating.

Your photos are very good - I especially like the spider one.

Well done all the way around.
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Reply Fri 2 Mar, 2007 12:29 pm
I watched a docu on him several years ago. I remember some of these very pieces. He is an artist without peer, in my little opinion.

The medium is poetry to me--glass,....what possibilities--what he does with it ...(no adequate description).

How fortunate you are to be able to actually see his work. Thanks for sharing.
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Reply Fri 2 Mar, 2007 10:30 pm
I was fortunate enough to catch a display of his art in Lincoln a few years ago.
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Reply Fri 2 Mar, 2007 10:42 pm
Near everyone I've run across likes Chiluly and his works, but I don't get it.

I guess I see it as fullsome craft.
I'll admit to not liking every single thing out of the workshops of Murano - though I do like some.
I'll be as obnoxious as to say I don't see anything I like in that Ohio exhibit of Chiluly, as shown.
Peace and Love, a fondly remembered a2ker, took me through a Chiluly exhibit at the Seattle museum, and I did like a some pieces.

I remain to be convinced. My sensibility was raised on danish and swedish glass...
Given Chiluly's pr, I think of it and his workshops as bloviating.

Nice business though.
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Reply Sat 3 Mar, 2007 09:44 am
Chihuly has major PR. There was some kind of a flap about how minions do the actual glass work, or something, forget details.

Art or craft though, I like it. As in, I can see the case for calling it craft as opposed to art, but I still find it appealing, especially in that setting (the big curly crazy "plants" among real big curly crazy plants...)
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Reply Sat 3 Mar, 2007 10:23 am
Hey violet - I posted on this guy's work a few years ago. I even posted some of the same photos! I love it, thanks for reminding me!
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Reply Sat 3 Mar, 2007 11:06 am
I like Dale Chihuly... he's a native son and went to school with friends of mine. And anyway, who doesn't like floating glass balls? I went to the ice & neon exhibit he did at the Tacoma Dome several years ago. It was very hands-on and fun to watch him in action. We went back twice... first to see the ice when it was fresh and then towards the end, when it was almost melted. The entire stadium was kept dark except for the neon lights inside the ice. You could smell and feel the ice melting, so it touched us with several senses. We've got photos somewhere.

My favorites works of his are (so far) the Seaform series.



It is true, Sozobe, that no one person can create that knd of large scale glass installation. Glass art requires at least two artists working -- one to keep the furnace going and cut & train the glass while the other handles the long tube, turning it, keeping it to the fire & blowing out the glass. I'm not sure which is considered the higher art. As far as I know, Chihuly creates all the designs (some people chafe at this) and watches over their making. Having vision in only one eye since the 70's, it would be unsafe for him to attempt most of the dangerous work involved in heating and molding glass. There are many "minions" glad to do his bidding and a lot come from Pilchuck.

His Pilchuck Glass School is amazing. It seemed like a small village when I rode through it once (illicitly, but they were so shocked, they didn't fuss). My friend and I were on horseback and quietly walked along their dirt roads. I'm sure we were wide-eyed -- it was so strange to run into that little community in the middle of the woods. The school is set on a remote hillside north of Seattle. It's reminiscent of F.L. Wright's residential architectural school -- Taliesin West.
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Reply Sat 3 Mar, 2007 11:15 am
I drive by his works of glass all the time. I really do not see what the big deal is. I see it weekly in driving by. I always seem to just shake my head. I guess I really do not care for art with glass.

Where is Bombay WA btw (never heard of it, is it wa d.c.)
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Reply Sun 4 Mar, 2007 02:01 pm
I was really drawn to his work because I've never seen anything like it before. It was fun to photograph too.

As far as having other people do his work (help him, whatever) my art instructer told me that with one eye, you have hardly any depth perception, and it would be extremely dangerous to do everything on his own. (as someone mentioned before)

I like it.
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Reply Sun 4 Mar, 2007 02:18 pm
I admire his work . I dont care for some of it (I dont like the millifiore stuff)
I connect with him because despite having only one eye and a crippled arm , he gets up in the AM and gets his **** done as he sees it. Chihuly's stuff takes an army, including engineers.
They had an exhibit in the new wing iof the Reading Pa museum a few years ago, and some of his pieces got broken by some unknown atmospherics or resonant frequency problems. What a mess, all these glass shards.
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Reply Sun 4 Mar, 2007 02:26 pm
I have seen his work on the lobby ceiling at the Bellagio in Las Vegas. I think it is beautiful. I also liked taking pictures of it.

He also has a piece at the Mohegan Sun Casino in Connecticut. I loved this piece when I saw it, but didn't know it was his. When I saw the pictures posted here one reminded me of the piece at Mohegan, so I looked it up, and it was done by him.

I'm glad I saw the pics you posted and made the connection. Thanks for sharing.
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Reply Sun 4 Mar, 2007 02:37 pm
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