Chihuly at the SALK

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Remember how much I liked the Chihuly Gallery in Las Vegas?  HERE

Well, when we learned he had a special exhibit travelling to San Diego, we just had to buy tickets!

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Our tour guide said that Dale Chihuly’s favorite place to exhibit his large pieces is in gardens.

He also loves raw materials like wood, tin and concrete, so the SALK Institute fit his requirements and was chosen to host this fabulous 6 day exhibition.

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The tour began with “The White Tower”  (This bright, playful and colorful piece was blown in France)

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Our tour guide said the middle stainless steel pole has spikes on it – the glass ‘arms’ slide onto the spikes.

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The purple and blue Neo Reeds are specially designed to be placed into gardens – wouldn’t you love some of those in your own back yard??

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“The Sun” is one of Chihuly’s most well-known sculptures.  In this case the artist personally placed it with a backdrop of the Pacific Ocean.  (Yes, there’s an ocean right there — DARN that overcast sky!)

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The longest ‘spikes’ are placed first then all the others filled in around it.  They apparently bring extra pieces in case one breaks!  It takes a whole team 3 days to assemble just this one sculpture!

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At the other end of the courtyard from the sun is this:

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The Float boat is a real boat (antique and refurbished by Chihuly.)

He designs the “floats” (the colorful balls) to look like they are spilling out of the boat.  The balls range in size from grapefruit to beanbag chair size.
 
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Each float is unique.
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The tour guide pointed out that the gold from this next float was actually applied to the INTERIOR of a clear glass ball.  (How did they DO that?)

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And lastly, the cattails.  Beautiful colors aren’t they?

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“Glass is the most magical of all materials. It transmits light in a special way … I’m pleased that my art appeals to so many people of all ages. As a parent and an artist, I’m especially looking forward to leaving a legacy.   I hope my work brings joy to children who visit from all over the world.”   Dale Chihuly

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