Discover incredible glass installations at Dale Chihuly: Glass in Bloom
You might have been familiar with the name of Dale Chihuly. He currently holds the title for having created the largest art glass sculpture in the world. The installation spans 2,000 square feet and amounts to 20 tons of hand-blown glass suspended by a steel rod armature hidden in the ceiling. You may have walked under that elaborate display in the elegant lobby of the Bellagio Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Any given day you can see his work permanently exhibited in Omaha, Neb., (Fred & Pamela Buffett Cancer Center); Japan (Toyama Glass Art Museum); Seattle, Was. (Chihuly Garden and Glass); Oklahoma City, Ok. (Oklahoma City Museum of Art); St. Petersburg, Fl. (Morean Arts Center); Columbus, Oh. (Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens); Colorado Springs, Co. (Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center); and Tacoma, Wa. (Tacoma Art Museum).
If the name still doesn't sound the bell, then his signature eyepatch could. Chihuly is blind in his left eye. While visiting England in 1976, he was involved in a car accident that left him without sight in his left eye. Shortly after he lost his eyesight, he dislocated his right shoulder in 1979 while bodysurfing and that accident left him physically unable to hold a glassblowing pipe.
Since then, a team of talented glassblowers, who may consider themselves privileged to work with Chihuly, carry out his artistic vision, a spectacular, breathtaking glass masterpieces art forms that shine with light and colour anf form.
"I want people to be overwhelmed with light and color in a way they have never experienced," says Chihuly. At 79, that American art glass icon continues to innovate and his glass installations grace public spaces, museums and gardens around the globe.
Discover a spectacular art form through breathtaking installations at one of the most ambitious garden exhibitions and immerse yourself in the fragile beauty and wonder of Chihuly’s artwork installations amid the magnificent natural environment of Gardens by the Bay in Singapore from 1 May to 1 August 2021. ■