Gulp

1 04 2013

I know it’s April 1st, but this was posted middle of last year, so I think it’s legit!

Walk of Faith: Glass Pavement for Tourists Built on 4,690ft Mountain in China | Bored Panda.





Friday Mystery Photo

1 02 2013

Quieter Elephant:

A lovely photo of Dale Chihuly’s Fiori di Como at The Bellagio, Vegas. Check out other less good Vegas photos here.

Originally posted on Places Unknown:

This one got to be easy one for you guys. But I have to ask two questions about this photo, first is the usual – where I took this photo? The second – who is the artist behind this incredible installation?

There is so much detail in it, I think I’m going to create a few more photos from it by zooming into different parts of this image and giving you only a few flowers at a time. They look really awesome when you zoom into them.

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Super Punch: Steel and blown glass rocketships by Rik Allen

19 08 2012

So this is where Flash Gordon gets his rocketships…

Super Punch: Steel and blown glass rocketships by Rik Allen.

More of Rik Allen’s work can be found here.





2 06 2012

Quieter Elephant:

Can’t beat a nice bit of Chihuly!
Found this over on Global Art Junkie – thanks for posting!

Originally posted on Global Art Junkie:

Glass sculptor Dale Chihuly’s new exhibition center beneath Seattle’s Space Needle has generated exceptional color images over the last 10 days.  The 45,000-square-foot Garden and Glass Museum is a permanent home for the work of the controversial American artist.   You can read more about the museum here and reviews are all over the web.  I just thought the photos surrounding the opening were worth having a look.

-Monika Sapek, from her Flickr site. See her website, here.

Glass Forest, one of Chihuly’s first large-scale installations, 1971 (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

-Persian Ceiling, from the center’s website

-Joshua Trujillo/seattlepi.com


Museum garden, from the Flickr stream of Miss Q Pix

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Chihuly… again!

9 03 2012

Bless you!

Frequent readers might recall a recent piece on Dale Chihuly. No? Try “Gesundheit“.

So imagine my surprise, on our fourth and final day in Phoenix, when I came across the unmistakeable style of Chihuly right there in the desert. The organic style merged very well with the real plants it represented and echoed there in the Desert Botanical Garden.

Desert Botanical Garden, Phoenix





Gesundheit!

29 01 2012

… Which at least one reader will know literally means something close to “have healthiness” in German, and is offered in North America (potentially accompanied by a tissue) to someone who has just sneezed, as an alternative to the more common elsewhere “bless you”. Probably something to do with the separating of church and state. ;)

And if you can tell our next stop is Tacoma, near Seattle, “You’re a better man than I am, Gunga Din!”

We have friends in Tacoma, Washington. On our first trip to visit them, they were kind enough to take us to the old union railway station, which is an impressive public space. It has its own web site too.

unionstationrotunda.org: Tacoma Union Station

unionstationrotunda.org: Tacoma Union Station

According to the usually reliable Wikipedia, it opened for business in 1911. Now then, if you look closely at the photo above, you’ll notice some organic looking colourful shapes and forms. Hard to tell at this resolution, but they’re actually glass. Some of the other features can be seen in this shot.

unionstationrotunda.org: Tacoma Union Station

unionstationrotunda.org: Tacoma Union Station

Needless to say, they catch the eye. There are several other items too, on the outside of the building in glass cases. Some half-hearted research (it’s on placards everywhere!) educated me as to the creator of such surreal, organic, mesmerising beauty. It’s one Dale Chihuly. <Gesundheit!>

A local boy, born right there in Tacoma, he studied glass art in Venice, which James Bond fans will know has a bit of a reputation for such things. Probably why most consider him “quite good really”, or at the very least “not half bad”. A bit accident prone, losing his eye in a car accident and later dislocating a shoulder, he now has others implement his designs, which are all hand-blown in glass. With a bit of a thing for rotundas it seems, the Vic’n’Bert rotunda in London (still not in Ontario) also has one of his pieces:

Wikipedia: Victoria & Albert museum

Wikipedia: Victoria & Albert museum

There has been one of his installations right here in Vancouver since 1998, at 1200 Georgia. Actually on Bute. It’s visible from the road, and worth a better photo than the only one I could find.

virtualtourist.com: "Dale Chihuly Art"

virtualtourist.com: "Dale Chihuly Art"

He also does smaller pieces which are more readily accessible for the general populace.

Dale Chihuly: Cadmium Yellow Seaform set with Red Lip Wraps

Dale Chihuly: Cadmium Yellow Seaform set with Red Lip Wraps

Quite distinctive, and so rich and vibrant. More than once I would have sworn they moved.

Cornets, 2007 Missouri Botanical Garden

Cornets, 2007 Missouri Botanical Garden








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