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A Little Chihuly From Yours Truly

Before looking at Bob’s photos, how about a little garden music?  When you click, it will play my favorite garden song.  On a crisp October morning last year Bob and I went to see Dale Chihuly’s fabulous exhibit at the Dallas Arboretum. 

Absolutely dazzling with the sunshine sparkling through the glass.

Absolutely dazzling with the sunshine sparkling through the glass.

We had a delightful time riding the tram with some fascinating fellow riders and the driver.  Kudos to Bob for grabbing terrific in-transit shots… quite a feat considering the crowd.  We were impressed with our driver’s ability to talk and drive while avoiding swarms of adults chatting and children giggling with little awareness of the trams.

Wish we could have been there to see the installation of these works of art.

Wish we could have been there to see the installation of these works of art because I have lots of questions.

If you have not heard of Dale Chihuly, here is an excerpt from his bio:  Born in 1941 in Tacoma, Washington, Dale Chihuly was introduced to glass while studying interior design at the University of Washington. After graduating in 1965, Chihuly enrolled in the first glass program in the country, at the University of Wisconsin. He continued his studies at the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD), where he later established the glass program and taught for more than a decade.

In 1968, after receiving a Fulbright Fellowship, he went to work at the Venini glass factory in Venice. There he observed the team approach to blowing glass, which is critical to the way he works today. In 1971, Chihuly cofounded 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.

His work is included in more than 200 hundred museum collections worldwide. He has been the recipient of many awards, including twelve honorary doctorates and two fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts.

The Sun!

Bob and I have seen his work over the years and it never fails to take our breaths away.  It is astonishing that glass that looks so delicate can withstand outdoor garden conditions.  The strength of his art was put to the test last summer when a very damaging hail storm moved through parts of Dallas and only a small portion of Chihuly’s work was damaged by the hail and high winds.

Some of his art is astonishingly large and what makes it even more impressive is that each piece of every sculpture gets assembled on-site.  Can’t imagine what that would be like putting each piece in place without dropping it.  I’m afraid if I attempted that job it would be like an episode from I Love Lucy.

I think this one is Red Reeds.

I think this one is Red Reeds.

After our tour, walking out of the garden I stopped for a few minutes to take one last look at the vista of cheerful people, to feel the breeze, smile into the sunshine and see the beautiful gardens and artwork.  It was to my mind a perfect allegory of life.  Storms come and go through our lives and at the times of the storms they seem overwhelming and unending but then life continues on including beauty and enjoyment like that lovely day last October.

I want this in my garden... along with the stream.  Thanks Bob for discovering this one that I couldn't see from the tram.

I want this in my garden… along with the stream.  Thanks Bob for discovering this one that I couldn’t see from the tram.

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10 Comments Post a comment
  1. Lovely, lovely post…I thoroughly enjoyed the photos and the music was a superb choice! Thank you for visiting WryGrass.

    September 13, 2013
    • Thank you! I am very glad that I discovered your blog and know that I will enjoy it in the future.

      September 13, 2013
  2. These artworks look very good which is not always true of art in a garden.

    September 9, 2013
    • I love your blog. Thank you for your comment.

      September 9, 2013
      • Thank you for visiting my blog. It is very cheering to have readers who have interesting blogs themselves.

        September 9, 2013
      • I feel honored that you said that. Thank you!

        September 9, 2013
  3. Janice Wilson #

    Love these pictures!!  We saw his work in the Little Rock Arts Center some years back and I’ve loved it ever since! Thanks for “blogging” this. Love y’all, Janice

    September 2, 2013
    • Glad you enjoyed the post. So happy you got to see his work in person. Love you too!

      September 2, 2013
  4. Claudia #

    Very nice! The red reeds remind me of the UMC flames/tongues of fire. Good to see you blogging again.

    September 2, 2013
    • You are so right about the red reeds! Oh how the UMC would be proud of you. Thank you for reading our blog.

      September 2, 2013

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