Sunday, July 14, 2013

This is Glass!

Dale Chihuly is an American glass sculptor and entrepreneur. His works are considered unique to the field of blown glass, "moving it into the realm of large-scale sculpture," according to Wikipedia.  Those words do not begin to explain the brilliance of his glass sculptures! To see even one is astounding.  To see a large number gathered together is life-changing.  There is a new museum in town, in Seattle.  So new that it is not in many of the guidebooks.  It is called "Chihuly - Garden and Glass" and it is stunning.  These are three random pieces I photographed, and there are so many more, and each of them are radically different.  You really need to come here and see genius at work!


Anonymous said...

Remarkable. Love these glass sculptures. They look sturdy but can imagine these pieces in a severe storm - the kind that slams the midwest and east coast?

Ken Spencer said...

I think these are pretty sturdy. The individual glass pieces can be thick on the bottom, and they are all arranged on a sturdy steel pipe, with solid steel bars welded to the pipe, and each glass piece slides over its only steel bar. I guess the worst thing might be a hail storm. I don't think that wind, in and of itself, would be enough to damage most of these sculptures.

Anonymous said...

These are spectacular! There is a gorgeous one on display at the New Britain Museum of American Art. There is also an incredible one at Mohegan Sun. I just love his work - Stunning!! bsk