Experience the work of Dale Chihuly in this gallery filled with pieces from the popular artist. Featuring the glowing Orange Hornet Chandelier showcased in the center of the gallery, Macchia Forest and Persian Wall installations, and colorful large-scale Chihuly drawings.
Dale Chihuly is an internationally acclaimed glass artist, whose work has elevated the craft of glassblowing to the level of fine art alongside media such as painting and sculpture. This gallery is the result of a successful, comprehensive exhibition of Chihuly’s work at the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center in 2005. The work exhibited in that show resulted in the Board of Trustees’ decision to purchase a collection of Chihuly glass and drawings for the museum’s Permanent Collection. These objects were first presented to the public in an exhibition at the Fine Arts Center Modern in 2007.The works in this gallery provide a modest survey of Dale Chihuly’s prolific career. Reflecting American Indian influences in his early years as a glass artist, Chihuly created his Navajo Cylinders and Basket Cylinders series. The development of his creative process and technique began with these early works and informed the artistic process of later installations such as the Persian Wall Installation and the Macchia Forest.
Chihuly uses drawings like the one shown here as a way to communicate his ideas and designs to his team of glassblowers. This creative process leads to the intricate colors and forms that are so typical of his style, culminating in the elaborate Orange Hornet Chandelier, seen in the center of the gallery. This piece was originally installed in Venice, Italy then reinstalled at the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center in 2007 to form this site-specific installation.
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