Chihuly

The Chihuly Garden and Glass exposition in Seattle, Wash., is one of the most striking expos I have ever seen.

The equilibrium between beauty and colors portrait by every piece of glass will leave every visitor in awe.

Believe it or not, creating glass floats — they look like glass balls — are actually the most difficult figures to make when molding glass. This is because every single float you see in the exposition is made through a blowing process — human blown.

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Float boat by Chihuly. Photo by Shiselle Povedano.

The mastery of glass molding can be observed in the floats. Besides having to blow all of them individually, blowing floats the size and quality of the ones showcased is dangerous for the sculpture. This is because the glass could explode at any time.

Besides these floats, the garden and glass exposition also has several of Chihuly’s most famous works.

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“The Sun,” by Chihuly is a 16-feet glass figure composed of 2,200 red and yellow twists and turns. Photo by Shiselle Povedano.

 

Dale Chihuly was born in Tacoma, Wash. in 1941 and his art is associated with the studio crafts movement that started after World War II, according to“Chihuly the Artist: Breathing Life into Glass.”

Chihuly was inspired by the stained-glass windows of the cathedrals and churches in Europe, according to “Chihuly the Artist: Breathing Life into Glass.” In 1965, the artist blew his first glass bubble, an experience he didn’t know was going to mark the rest of his life. 

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“Sealife Tower” by Chihuly is a 15-feet tall figure composed of 1,023 pieces of glass. The “Sealife Tower” predominates the Sealife Room exposition of the Garden and Glass museum. Photo by Shiselle Povedano.

Since then, Chihuly has been recognized as a counterculture artist and political activist, according to his biography.

However, the great visionary was blinded on his left eye in 1976 after a car accident, according to The Huffington Post.

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“The Spirit of the Marketer” by Chihuly. Photo by Shiselle Povedano

Sadly, Chihuly hasn’t been able to blow glass since 1979, where he had a body surfing accident that left him physically unable to hold a glassblowing pipe, according to Lofty Blog. Since then, he has been using a team of glassblowers to bring his vision to life, according to Lofty Blog.

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“Glasshouse” by Chihuly is a 40-foot glass conservatory. There is a 100-foot-long glass sculpture suspended from the ceiling. Photo by Shiselle Povedano.

 

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