Days and nights with Chihuly

Blue Marlins & Turquoise Reeds by Dale Chihuly at the Dallas Arboretum
No, Chihuly isn't a drink or a new club, or some new fabulous clothing trend.  Chihuly is a he, Dale Chihuly, and he is an artist.  Chihuly does these amazing blown glass sculptures.  He is actually part of a team that creates these amazing blown glass sculptures.  While studying the art of glass in Venice, Chihuly learned about a team approach to blowing glass and that is how he works today.  Many parts, multiple talents and inspirations, moving together to create a single, unified piece of art, with Chihuly leading the way.


Blue Marlins & Turquoise Reeds by Dale Chihuly
The Dallas Arboretum has been the home to several Chihuly sculptures for the past several months.  The pieces have survived the trip to Dallas, setup, our unpredictable weather (including a hail storm which damaged 1 piece), and thousands of visitors.  I have been one of the lucky visitors two times during their stay here, including one night time visit where the sculptures are lit up against the black night sky.  Here are some of my favorites.

Blue Marlins & Turquoise Reeds by Dale Chihuly
This first piece is along a stream with tall reeds at one end and what look like water fowl at the other.  At a set interval the area would fill with smoke, like a cold morning.


Blue Marlins & Turquoise Reeds by Dale Chihuly at the Dallas Arboretum
 I know that the night photo of Blue Marlins & Turquoise Reeds is a little fuzzy, but I focused in on some of the striations in the glass.  This combined with nighttime photography with a camera that is not as proficient with nighttime photography as I would like and you get what I am going to call an atmospheric photo.  I thought the color was stunning, and I kind of like a little bit of fuzz sometimes.

Blue Marlins & Turquoise Reeds by Dale Chihuly at the Dallas Arboretum
 This next piece is called Dallas Star.  Love it!  It reminds me of a blue dandelion.
Dallas Star by Dale Chihuly at the Dallas Arboretum

Dallas Star by Dale Chihuly at the Dallas Arboretum
 I love how the white tips fad into the winter sky and how different the piece looks with a change in planing.
Dallas Star by Dale Chihuly at the Dallas Arboretum

Dallas Star by Dale Chihuly at the Dallas Arboretum

There is a pool at the Arboretum with an infinity edge that overlooks WhiteRock Lake.  It's a very nicely designed area with the hard formal edges of the pool, the traditional tiered fountain leading down the stairs into the area from one side, contrasted against the more natural landscape around the lake.  Chihuly created these beautifully, whimsical sculptures for this pool, called Float Boat and Carnival Boat.

Float Boat and Carnival Boat by Dale Chihuly at the Dallas Arboretum
One of the docents at the Arboretum told my friends and I that the way that Chihuly had come up with the idea for these pieces was when creating and testing the large floating globes.  He and his team had tossed the globes into a river to see if they would shatter.  Chihuly asked some of the local children if they would collect the globes and bring them back.  The children piled them in a boat and pulled them upstream to the artist.  He was taken with the imagery and that inspired these pieces.
Float Boat by Dale Chihuly at the Dallas Arboretum


Float Boat and Carnival Boat by Dale Chihuly at the Dallas Arboretum
 The final piece that I am going to share is called The Sun.  It overlooks a portion of WhiteRock Lake. 
The Sun by Dale Chihuly at the Dallas Arboretum
 It looks like a bright ball of fire from far away, but when you get up close there are pieces of glass that are a dull blue or green throughout.  It gives the piece more depth and interest.  At night it really looks like a giant bonfire, which is perfect, it is called The Sun after all.
The Sun by Dale Chihuly at the Dallas Arboretum
I hope that you enjoyed this little tour of the Dallas Arboretum.  If you live in the area, try and stop by.  The Chihuly exhibit leaves at the end of the year, but I think it's worth braving the cooler weather.

* These images are not for sale because selling a photo of another artist's work is a copyright violation.

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