From Chihuly Garden and Glass - Photograph by Lulu J

I’m staying with the theme of sculpture this week moving from bronze to glass. I’ve been a fan of Chihuly’s work ever since I saw his Rotunda chandelier in the Victoria and Albert Museum in London. I’ve been looking for an excuse to share some of the photographs I took when I visited the Chihuly Garden and Glass exhibition in Seattle in 2012. The eight galleries and exhibition halls offer a stunning overview of Chihuly’s work from his early pieces which are small delicate cylinders inspired by American Indian blankets and baskets, right through to Persian ceiling where he experiments with an architectural framework to mount larger pieces to walls. Mille Fiori, Italian for “a thousand flowers,” is breathtaking and one of my favourites Ikebana and Float Boat, is an exquisite evolution from his idea of tossing glass forms into the river to see how the pieces reflected light and water. After losing sight in his left eye and dislocating his shoulder in the 1970s Chihuly, no longer able to hold the glass blowing pipe took on a different role to produce his work. It’s an interesting role, which he describes as more choreographer than dancer, supervisor than participant more director than actor. He began drawing to convey his vision. I took some photographs of his drawings which I will share in a future post. In the meantime have a look at the website for the exhibition. I think you have another 10 years to visit the exhibition 🙂

For those of you in the UK, there’s a free exhibition of Chihuly’s work at the Halcyon Gallery until 21 April 2014


Ikebana and Float Boat – Photograph by Lucille

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