Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Squiggles.....that's what I thought when.....

I first saw this sculpture, and then you have a chance to look at it for a while, and begin to appreciate what you're looking at.  I walked around several times taking it all in, enjoying all the colors, and found it intriguing. It truly is remarkable and I feel very fortunate that we came across it. 


Last June when we were in London, we found this interesting sculpture in Berkeley Square, a short walk from our hotel. It was created by Dale Chihuly, an American from Washington State, and is called The Sun.  All those 'squiggles' are actually an amazing 1,573 hand-blown glass elements.  If you click on this link you will see how beautiful it is when it is lit up at night, and you can read all about it here.  






Added note: I was surfing the net last night as when I was looking for more information on Mr. Chuhuly, a memory came to me of our visit to Las Vegas several years ago.  Unfortunately I couldn't find any photos of it on here.  (It must have been before blog and before digital and goodness knows where those photo albums are.  We have many, many, many.)  


In the foyer of the Bellagio I was mesmerized by an enormous glass ceiling fixture and had neck-ache, I was so taken with it.  Without knowing at the time, I was actually looking at another extraordinary piece created by Dale Chihuly.  You can see what I am talking about here.   It is called Fiori di Como, a chandelier comprising of 2,000 hand-blown glass blossoms.  Photos don't do it justice, it has to be seen with your own eyes.  If you find yourself in the Bellagio don't forget to look for them, you won't be disappointed.  
Hopefully I will go back one day because now I will know what to look for.

35 comments:

Stephanie said...

Love this!

Carletta said...

I love this! I have seen other bloggers showcase his work. It's gorgeous stuff.
Thanks for coming by today Denise. I am so happy to be back and was happy to see you in my comments.

Margaret Adamson said...

This is a very creative sculpture and it is a amazing lite up at night

Linda@arichtapestry said...

Love the colours and the way the creation is presented surrounded by greenery in a beautiful setting.

Cloudia said...

Oh yes! This has an energetic activity that I find happy and stimulating!




ALOHA from Honolulu
ComfortSpiral
=^..^= . <3

eileeninmd said...

It is a cool looking sculpture. I have seen some of the Chihuly pieces, they are beautiful. Thanks for sharing, have a great day!

Valerie said...

It is attractive. I didn't realise it was made from glass until I read your write-up. Lovely.

Food, Fun and Life in the Charente said...

That is amazing, but made of glass sounds a bit fragile. People can surely break bits off, (it is the sort of thing some people would do I would think!) or what would a hail storm do to it?

Interesting post though Take care Diane

Tanya Breese said...

oh wow, i think this is my favorite sculpture ever!

Sandra said...

truly amazing piece of art... and i looked at all the photos of the night shots. Wow and wow and wow.

B. Rogers, Living in Black Mountain said...

I've been to his workshop in St. Petersburg, FL, and his gallery...and seen an installation in Atlanta Botanical Gardens...blown glass that blows me away. (I didn't go to those states just to see his work, but was fortunate enough to be there at the right times!)

TexWisGirl said...

his style is unmistakable.

Lynn said...

Some of his work was displayed at our botanical garden in Atlanta - I loved how they incorporated it into the plantings.

Coming to you via Cloudia's blog - my sister lives in VA, too. Caught my eye.

Linda Kay said...

The Chihuly sculptures are fabulous and so glad you had a chance to see one up close.

Linda said...

I would have thought the same thing, Denise. I love the colours! I was unable to access the internet yesterday, so this was such a pleasant and colourful welcome back for me. :)

EG CameraGirl said...

I'm amazed that although it's made of glass that it's left outdoors. It's amazingly intricate!

William Kendall said...

Beautiful work!

Marie Flutterby said...

Omg I love it a lot and the love that went into that workmanship shows it's beauty; awesome share my friend.

Mama Zen said...

That's wild!

schmidleysscribblins.com said...

A beautiful sculpture. Te night time shots reveal its size. Larger than I thought.

Country Gal said...

Interesting ! Love all the colours ! Thanks for sharing , Have a good day !

Red said...

It certainly makes you look at it and is different from anything else.

DeniseinVA said...

Thank you for taking the time to stop by and leave me your sweet comments. I have one here from Sallie of full-time life. I told Sallie I accidentally deleted her comment, which I occasionally do with the publish and delete button being so danged close together. Then I realized that all your comments show up in my e-mails. Light-bulb moment! I was able to retrieve Sallie's comment and so here it is:

"I knew that was a Chihuly as soon as I saw it, Denise (such an art expert aren't I?(not) (LOL ;>)....He is from Tacoma WA (where our oldest son and dil and gs live) and we have visited his studio there. His work is absolutely stunning and amazing. It is such an honor for the PNW to be able to claim this amazing artist. I am glad you enjoyed his work and (while not surprised) am delighted that you found it so far from home!"

You are more of an art expert than I am Sallie. At least you knew all about Mr. Chihuly but am thankful that I do now.

Have a great day everyone, and thanks again.


Ginny said...

I am a big Chihuly fan!!! I was lucky enough to go to his big exhibit in a local museum. I have seen the huge blue chandelier and the Persian ceiling. He is awesome!!! He creates so much beauty for the eyes. I nearly cried when we left! I have not seen this particular one. Your pictures are really good!

Elephant's Child said...

I adore his work. Some years ago there was an exhibition of it here. We went twice and lay down on the floor to revel in a ceiling installation.

Adam said...

Something you expect in Alice in Wonderland.

Jane and Chris said...

Oh my goodness! That ceiling!!!
Jane x

Debbie said...

So cool, such pretty, vibrant colors!!

Felicia said...

I bet that IS beautiful at night.

happywonderer said...

Chihuly's work is so amazing. On my daughter's birthday we visited the Chihuly glass museum and outdoor garden at the Seattle Center. We were so impressed. Lovely photos Denise...

Mascha said...

For me it looks a little strange, honestly. But it's a great artwork.
Here one blogger has photographed any works in Seattle:
http://iwishiwereaphotographer.blogspot.de/2014/10/whimsical-windows-delirious-doors-152.html

Have a nice day :-)

SeagullSuzie said...

Thanks so much for sharing this, how beautiful his work is and lit up at night the tree is amazing, but the flowers are incredible.

Amy Burzese said...

Awesome! I would love to see this in person, day or night.

gigihawaii said...

David and I will be staying at the Bellagio when our daughter graduates next year. Lovely photos.

pattisjarrett said...

This is so pretty. Glass? It's a wonder it survives! I clicked the link, too, and wonder how long it took him to create all those pieces.