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An Underwater World of Glass - Dale Chihuly

Dale Chihuly
Credit: http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:DaleChihulyatPilchuck.jpg

As you first walk into the exhibit you’re surrounded by dark tone walls. Then suddenly as you turn the corner, your eyes are instantly attracted to a vibrant piece resting on a table. Chihuly glass is all about color and form. What makes his works even more dynamic is lighting. He seems to capture liquid in a solid form. As you’re leaving the exhibit there are glass pieces displayed in the ceiling. It is almost like you’re on the ocean floor, looking towards the surface. It is a surreal feeling.

Another aspect of Chihuly glass is scale. Some works are very small and intricate, while others are large and overpowering. I enjoyed viewing his sketches and paintings because they show his quest for experimentation and not accepting the restrictions of the medium. The video talked about how he likes to work fast! Chihuly’s baskets were very interesting to look at. They were similar in form and color but varied in size and scale. The smaller baskets are restricted by gravity and almost seem to want to escape.

I was very impressed with the work of Chihuly. I had no idea you could create this kind of work in glass. He has truly mastered the medium and took glass sculpture to a whole new level. I was a little disappointed on the number of works. I wanted to see more. It was really hard to resist the temptation of touching some of his glass. His glass is so inviting. With its color and organic forms, it causes your brain to turn child like (meaning, you want to learn more about your surroundings, sometimes not thinking about the consequences).

Chihuly worked beyond what his medium of glass would allow. Going beyond what others had done before him creating works that are truly unique. I think I will try and apply that to my life and design work. To not think about what I can’t do. But rather, what can I create with this medium to fully communicate my ideas.

Glass Chandelier
Credit: http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/8/8d/Chandelier_in_the_rotunda_of_the_V_and_A_museum_-_geograph.org.uk_-_1569071.jpg
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