Thursday, April 16, 2009

Chihuly: Nature of Glass

One of the great pleasures from this weeks trip to Arizona was a visit to the exhibit "Chihuly: Nature of Glass" at the Desert Botanical Gardens in Phoenix. Having seen many of Chihuly's pieces before, I was not prepared for the immensity of what I was to see. Not only was the gardens a perfect fit for his work, but the day was as great as it could get with temps in the 70's. It truly is amazing how an ordinary space can be transformed through one artists vision. Overall, the piece that spoke the most to me was the "Blue and Purple Boat".

And then the "Blue Polyvitro Crystals"

And then...... Sorry, I could go on and on about all the beautiful pieces.

There were also some natural surprises as well with some of the blooming plants.


Nina Crittenden said...

Wow. I can only imagine how great it looked in person- photos never truly capture how cool things look in real-life. Thanks for sharing!

Shawn McCann said...

HI NIna. You are correct, the pictures don't do it justice, but they do pretty good. Glad you liked them!

Janvangogh said...

Oh I really like the red flames coming out of the cacti.

Jealous on the weather, but I think you are getting snow in MN again, arent you?

Shawn McCann said...

Not at the moment we aren't getting any snow. I think it is still in the upper 40's. There was some hail today though. The nice thing is we are supposed to be back in the 70's in a few days. As for the Chihuly red flames, pictures can't so them justice. Definitely something to see in person.