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The Denver Botanic Gardens
is currently showcasing
the first major outdoor exhibit
of Dale Chihuly's glass sculptures
in the Rocky Mountain region.
have graced gardens,
museums, and cities
The Ever-Patient Terry and I
took in the Chihuly Exhibit
several weekends ago
on a beautiful autumn weekend.
The scale of Chihuly's exhibit is hard to grasp,
so I will focus on his
Blue and Purple Boat & Walla Wallas.
This installation is located in
the Denver Botanic Gardens'
serene Japanese Garden
in the northwest corner of the botanic gardens.
Chihuly's walla wallas
are onion-shaped glass globes
inspired by the walla walla sweet onions
that grow in Washington state's
Walla Walla County.
Chihuly says of his art:
"My work to this day
revolves around a
simple set of circumstances:
fire, molten glass,
centrifugal force, and gravity."
Source: Exhibit Sign
Chihuly is credited with revolutionizing
the studio craft movement
that developed in the USA after World War II.
He made his greatest discovery in 1963,
when he accidentally blew a glass bubble
and found his life's calling.
Chihuly transcended the traditional methods
and forms of glass making,
and he moved from
one glass blower forging a piece
to a collaborative and communal approach.
To me, glass is one
of the most beautiful art mediums of all,
and Chihuly is my favorite glass artist.