Here is a little introduction to the artist. Chihuly first began to work with glass in the 1960’s. Inspired by what he saw in the natural environment, he focused on allowing molten glass to take on its own organic shape, much like plants do in nature. Over time, he also became intrigued with glass houses and conservatories which were almost entirely constructed of hand-blown glass; and he began putting together installations in conservatories around the world. His pieces grew in size and complexity, with some sculptures being comprised of up to one thousand pieces of blown glass. He found that glass can be very strong and able to withstand harsh weather, and began installing pieces in gardens of all types. All of this led to Chihuly creating his own glass conservatory and gardens, the Chihuly Garden and Glass Exhibit which opened in 2012, located in the Seattle Center, at the base of the Space Needle.
These first two photos are of Chihuly's "Persian Ceiling." A flat glass pane is piled with glass works and lit from above. This is a large room and stunningly beautiful.
An automobile accident in England in 1976 left Chihuly without sight in his left eye. In 1979 he turned over the gaffer position (master glassblower) to a team whom he directs. Drawing is one of his means to communicate his artistic vision for the glass pieces.
|A view of the hanging installation from the garden.|
The following photos were taken in the gardens surrounding the Glass House. Notice how seamlessly the glass installations fit in and compliment the natural gardens.