Glasswork of Dale Chihuly

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Dale Chihuly makes some fascinating sculptures out of glass, as well as employing other odd methods, like painting with a common broom.  He's truly a talented artist, and worth a look-see.

Link (Also, today's his birthday!)

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His work was at Missouri Botanical Garden in St. Louis just a couple years ago and attendance sky-rocketed! Some of it is still there: www.mobot.org

And I had no idea that all of the pieces are for SALE!! Holy cow...thought they were there to just liven up the place....lol
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I attend the University of Washington in Tacoma,WA and our library has the 'Chinook Red Chandelier' by Chichuly.

"Seven feet wide and 19 feet long, the fiery Chinook Red is composed of over 900 pieces of glass and weighs 1,500 pounds."

Here is a picture: http://farm1.static.flickr.com/75/201530870_d51f018366.jpg?v=0
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There's a large, hanging Chihuly sculpture in the Bellevue, WA mall a few miles from our home. A lot of glass artists seem cheesey to me, but I've always felt something more from his work.

Look around for the show PBS did a few years ago about him. When you see the thought and design and sheer amount of labor that goes into his pieces, it becomes clear that he's no Thomas Kinkade who merely signs the work his minions create for him, but a truly gifted and thoughtful artist.
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From the web site of the Toledo (Ohio) Art Museum.

The Museum’s Glass Pavilion will be vibrant with color, shimmer, and style when the works of internationally prominent glass artist Dale Chihuly are shown from September 17–November 29. Although probably best-known locally for Campilello del Remier #2, the nine-foot chandelier that graces the Monroe Street entrance to the Glass Pavilion, Chihuly has had a long relationship with Toledo. The exhibition is grounded in the studio glass movement, born nearly 50 years ago with the legendary “Toledo Workshops” at the Toledo Museum of Art. In 1970, Dale Chihuly was invited to Toledo to showcase his creations in a study of contemporary art glass; the Seattle native’s contributions have been a part of Toledo’s studio glass tradition ever since.

The first of several events leading up to the Museum’s celebration of the 50th anniversary of the studio glass movement in 2012, this exhibition offers rarely seen master works from TMA’s extensive collection of Chihuly’s work. Sketches and drawings that inspired the work will be part of the exhibit as well. Plan now to see Chihuly Toledo! for the rare opportunity to experience these incredible works for free.
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