Dale Chihuly glass gardens
Dale Chihuly glass gardens are exhibited in more than 200 hundred museum collections in different countries. American artist glass maker Dale Chihuly was born in 1941 in Tacoma, Washington. He studied interior design at Washington University, which he graduated in 1965. Three years later Dale Chihuly went to Venice to work at the Venini glass factory. The talented artist has created more than twelve well-known series of works, among them – Cylinders and Baskets, Sea-forms, Macchia, Venetians, Persians, Niijima Floats, Chandeliers and Fiori. Beautiful glass-works of Dale Chihuly are exhibited in more than 200 hundred museum collections in different countries. Colorful glass in his new garden looks so natural as if it has grown by itself.
In 1971, Chihuly co-founded Pilchuck Glass School in Washington State. With this international glass center, Chihuly has led the avant-garde in the development of glass as a fine art. In 1986, he had his solo exhibition at the Museum of Art Decoration, Palais du Louvre, in Paris. In 1995, he began Chihuly Over Venice, for which he created sculptures at glass factories in Finland, Ireland, and Mexico, then installed them over the canals and piazzas of Venice.
In 1999, Dale Chihuly’s impressive installation “the Light of Jerusalem” was visited by more than 1 million visitors attended the Tower of David Museum. In 2001 he had an exhibition at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London. Chihuly’s lifelong fascination for glasshouses has grown into a series of exhibitions within botanical settings.
Dale Chihuly’s Garden Cycle began in 2001 at the Garfield Park Conservatory in Chicago. He exhibited at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, near London, in 2005. Other major exhibition venues include the de Young Museum in San Francisco, in 2008, and the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, in 2011. Chihuly Garden and Glass opened at Seattle Center in 2012.
Dale Chihuly, begins with sand and fire. Like an alchemist, he brings these elements together and transforms them into glass. For a glass-blower, there is nothing essentially remarkable about the production of glass from heated sand. On the other hand, if this transformation leads to such a diversity of form, such glorious color, such a complex interplay of opacity and transparency as is the case with Chihuly, one is actually tempted to speak of a miracle. With his glass installations, Chihuly is creating a world of his own.
Dale Chihuly’s work has always been marked by its engagement with nature, and he has brought the two worlds together in various projects, perhaps most impressively in the glass houses of botanical gardens, 2001 at Garfield Park Conservatory in Chicago, 2003 at Franklin Park Conservatory in Ohio, 2004 at the Atlanta Botanical Garden and 2005 at Kew Gardens in London. These encounters between two worlds were staged with great care, and it is interesting to observe how the glass objects settle into their plant environment, as though they have grown there naturally, while at the same point creating distinctive counterpoints and also benevolently breaking through the systematic order with which a botanical garden tames its tropical vegetation.