Thursday, November 4, 2010

Chihuly Part 2

Ok, I lied. Not waiting until tomorrow. I slacked off on laundry
to finish the 2nd half of the photos today.


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Saffron Tower
Standing over 27' tall and weighing almost 4,600 pounds, Saffron
Tower contains more than a half mile of neon tubing.

"The idea of a Tower just came from looking at one of my Chandeliers
and imagining what it would look like upside down." ~Dale Chihuly


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Erbium Fiori


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Silvered Purple Herons
The Herons are another form that came from Chihuly's experimentation
with blowing different shapes and using new techniques while working
in Finland. After many days, the team made pieces that looked to them
like herons, which are wading birds found along shorelines and lakes.


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These were not listed in the brochure, but a wise guess would
be water lilies?! 8) By the way, does anyone see "cat eyes" looking
at you from the tree stump? Since only 1 eye is visible, I'm guessing
it's a feline eye...kinda spooks me out!


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Cattails


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Herb garden shed


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Pretty Verbena still blooming


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Reflection of light in the Frist Center for Learning


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Blue Polyvitro Crystals
"The crystals are hollow and glacial blue in color. As with glass,
it is really light that makes the Polyvitro crystals come alive."
~Dale Chihuly


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I thought these weeds were pretty with the crystal bokeh in
the background.


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Blue Reeds


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I thought this Japanese Maple was really pretty with The Sun
sculpture in the background.


I came away in awe of such beauty...and a few questions...first
and foremost...how do they protect the glass in the elements?! We
have had some pretty good storms since May, including some hail! How's
that work?! Second, I'd love to know now much it cost to ship all
this glass! And lastly...how the HECK is this stuff secured in the
ground/water??! I figure in the water it's weighted down (or something),
but what about all those thin reeds, cattails, etc??? We've also had
windy days...I think that's what intriqued me the most. I wish I had
found a guide to ask questions, but with so many people around, they
were always talking to someone. I do know it was an awesome sight and
I'm so grateful I talked myself into driving up there. It was worth
the time/gas money to get to the westside of Nashville!

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