In May, 2016 the Sacramento Crocker Art Museum acquired a Dale Chihuly chandelier. The chandelier now hangs in the entryway of the Teel Family Pavilion as part of the Crocker Art Museum’s permanent collection.
The eight-foot by six-foot “Golden Teal Chandelier” is blue-green, blue-gray and gold. The Crocker has certainly chosen the right work of art to showcase as you enter the building – it is stunning.
I have over the years had the opportunity to admire other Chihuly works but when I thought about it I realized that I did not know very much about the artist himself.
So, I did what anyone would do – and googled his name. Chihuly, born in 1941 in Washington state, certainly is an interesting person – both as an artist and as an entrepreneur. He has received numerous awards, and has his art in more than 200 museums around the world.
Of particular interest to me was how the large-scale works are made. The answer is a team approach with a team of master glassblowers and assistants. The artist first observed the team approach to blowing glass when he went to work at the Veniti glass factory in Venice after being awarded a Fulbright Fellowship.
It was in the 1990’s that Chihuly became interested in large-scale architectural glass art installations.
His three-dimensional art glass Chandeliers series gained international acclaim in 1996 as a result of his two-year architectural glass art project “Chihuly Over Venice”. The project consisted of hanging fourteen Chihuly Chandeliers at various sites in Venice.
Other major international Chihuly exhibitions of other works created in different styles followed in Jerusalem, London and elsewhere. A number of American cities have been host to both indoor and outdoor Chihuly exhibitions as well.
You see where the entrepreneurship comes in.
As I looked over the available information on the web, I discovered that there is what is described as a very interesting PBS video that covers both the installation process in Venice as well as the blowing of the chandelier parts in Finland, Ireland, Mexico and Venice. I am going to keep my eye of my local PBS station as I am sure it will air again at some point.
What do you think of the Golden Teal Chandelier? Do you have a favorite series/style of Chihuly glass art?
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