Friday, October 22, 2010
Interestingly enough, whenever I see Dale Chihuly glass, I'm reminded of sea creatures. Take a look at the 2,000 wavy, watery glass light sculptures floating en masse on the ceiling above the Bellagio Hotel lobby in Las Vegas:
My best friend, Barbara, took this photo during a "girlfriend" trip to Las Vegas.
While Mr. Chihuly wouldn't be surprised by my admission, since many other admirers also see sea creatures, he says it's all unintentional. In this YouTube interview, the world-renowned glass blower says he's never scuba dived or even looked at a book depicting sea creatures in search of inspiration. It all just happened.
Dale Chuhily -- from his web site.
Originally from Washington state, Chihuly took a weaving class during his early art studies. Fascinated in glass blowing and by the intricacies of weaving, he combined the two arts. He then went on to study in Venice, where he learned the benefits of team collaboration. He has assembled teams that numbered as many as 18 to construct one piece. When he lost the sight of his left eye years ago in a motorcycle accident, his role in the studio changed. He began choreographing the artistry employed by all of his teams, as opposed to focusing on one piece at a time. "I found I could move around and work with the various teams...."
This glass sculpture stands 20-feet high in the Bellagio Hotel lobby.
(photo by BFF Barbara)
Chihuly says most of his work these days stems from commissions. His installations are found around the world.
Barbara's photo of the Bellagio lobby.
Barbara also took pictures of Chihuly's works in New City Center:
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