Montreal Museum of Fine Arts Presents 'Chihuly," a Canadian Exclusive Featuring the Glass Art of Dale Chihuly
|Dale Chihuly, Mille Fiori (detail)|
Chihuly Garden and Glass, Seattle, Washington, 2012
Photo by Sue Frause
- Sun - Located in the city's public space on Sherbrooke Street, the round tower is five meters in diameter, emitting rays composed of tendrils in primary colors.
- Turquoise Reeds - A vast, idyllic forest with dozens of spear-shaped forms springing from trunks of salvaged old growth Western Red Cedars.
- Persian Ceiling - A multitude of overhead shapes, forms and vivid colors arranged in layers over plates of transparent glass. Maybe lie on the floor to truly appreciate this Persian carpet!
- Chandeliers and Towers - A combination of blown glass with steel frameworks, with five chandeliers and one tower displayed in a single gallery.
- The 'Boats' - Horns of plenty on the reflecting surface of a rostrum. The spherical shape are an allusion to the glass floats used by Japanese fishermen, some of which Chihuly found while beachcombing as a child in Puget Sound, Washington.
- Macchia Forest - Sculptural bowls characterized with undulating sides and rims, the result of gravity, and by their large formats. They're assembled on slender steel pedestals.
- Persian Colonnade - Colorful flowers arranged rhythmically on a wood framework that adorns the peristyle colonnade at the head of the Hornstein pavilion's staircase.
- Ruby Pineapple - A lost chandelier made anew for the MMFA. The original chandelier was on a ship from France to Seattle that was hit by a storm, with one of the containers falling overboard -- taking the work with it. Fifteen years later, Chihuly recreated it for the MMFA.
- Mille Fiori - Created specifically for the MMFA, this is part of Chihuly's Fiori series introduced in 2003. An enchanted garden of shapes from nature including reeds and herons.
- Glass Forest #6 - Fluorescent structures made of blown white glass filled with argon gas and neon, producing shades of pink.
Chihuly Garden and Glass | Seattle, Washington | In May 2012, Chihuly Garden and Glass opened on the grounds of Seattle Center. It's a fitting locale for the artist who was born in nearby Tacoma and graduated from the University of Washington. Read my review of the new venue, which also includes a slideshow of my photos.Here's a piece in The (Montreal) Gazette about the exhibition: Studio glass pioneer exhibits at MMFA (A rare breed of abstract artist, Dave Chihuly’s work has both commercial and popular traction)