Dale Chihuly Exhibit - Desert Botanical Garden
The Nature of Glass Exhibit at the Desert Botanical Gardens
I had the pleasure of visiting the Desert Botanical Gardens in Phoenix, Arizona a few years ago. It's a beautiful display of all of the wonders of the Desert and we've visited it several times over the years.
But the thing that made this particular trip even more special was that Dale Chihuly was exhibiting his work in an installation called "The Nature of Glass".
This is my photo of the installation Dale Chihuly calls "Blue & Purple Boat" and I have to say that it definitely loses in the translation! It's an amazing experience to view this in person!
It's the first time that Chihuly has created an installation entirely within a desert garden and it was spectacular.
I was there during the daytime but was told that it's especially beautiful at night when the glass pieces are bathed in light. I can just imagine. Visit the official website for a look at the art glass against a black background. Same effect, probably.
A LIttle About Dale Chihuly
Photo from Wikipedia
Dale Chihuly is a recognized visionary in the world of contemporary art glass. He is the most famous glass artist in the world and is considered by many to be the best. One of his most visited works is the huge glass ceiling at the Bellagio Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada
Chihuly was born in Tacoma, Washington on September 20, 1941. He is of Czechoslovakian and Hungarian descent on his father's side and Swedish and Norwegian on his mother's side. His father was a butcher and his mother was a homemaker. He loved the seashore and was fascinated by the ecology of the sea and the beautiful sunsets that are famous in the Pacific Northwest.
He studied architecture and interior design at the University of Washington but received his degree from the University of Wisconsin.
In 1969 Chihuly graduated with a M.F.A. from the Rhode Island School of Design (RIHD) and was awarded a Fulbright scholarship to study glassblowing in Italy. He was the first American glassblower to study at the Vernini glass factory in Murano, Italy.
Back in the United States he returned to RIHD and established and directed their glass program for more than ten years. Two years later, opened the Pilchuck Glass School in Washington state.
In 1976 Chihuly lost the vision in one eye in an automobile accident in London. He is recognized easily by the black pirate's patch that he wears.
He is married and has one son.
For more information, some amazing photographs of his work and information about the Pilchuck Glass School, please visit the official Dale Chihuly website.
"I can't understand it when people say they don't like a particular color. How on Earth can you not like a color?"— Dale Chihuly
Green Persian Art Vessel
"Glass is the most magical of all materials. It transmits light in a special way ... I'm pleased that my art appeals to so many people of all ages.
Dale Chihuly...in his own words... - ...via YouTube
This is just a wonderful video of Dale Chihuly speaking about his life as a glass artist. He's humble and brilliant at the same time. He talks about his 40 year career...how he fell in love with glass; how he lost the vision in his eye and a bit about his life at present.
Do watch it. I think you'll really enjoy this few minutes.
Dale Chihuly from Amazon
The Moon - ....a truly inspired piece
This beautiful hand blown glass sculpture is 7 feet in diameter.
The Desert Botanical Gardens
Papago Park - Phoenix, Arizona
The Desert Botanical Garden is a must-see visit if you're ever in Phoenix, Arizona. It's a 50 acre oasis of beautiful desert plants many of which are very rare or endangered.
There are a half dozen trails throughout the park that you can explore to experience unique exhibits. The "Plants and People of the Sonoran Desert" trail will explain how desert plants throughout the world have been used for food, clothing, and medicine.
Do visit the official website of The Desert Botanical Garden for more information such as a calendar of upcoming exhibits and events. There are maps of the trails and lists of the desert flowers growing in their Desert Wildflower Trail. Plus much,much more.
This is a photo of the Teddy Bear Cholla cacti. It looks soft and fuzzy but it's deceiving - it's spines are extremelypainful if you should happen to touch them. It's also called the Jumping Cholla because if you get too close, it seems to jump at you. Yikes!
The Sun - Dale Chihuly's homage to the Sun
This amazing hand blown glass sculpture stands 13 feet high and reaches 14 feet in diameter!