Ok, I lied. Not waiting until tomorrow. I slacked off on laundry
to finish the 2nd half of the photos today.
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
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.
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!
Herb garden shed
Pretty Verbena still blooming
Reflection of light in the Frist Center for Learning
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."
I thought these weeds were pretty with the crystal bokeh in
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!
What a wonderful day. I wish I had thought to say the heck with school and
taken the boys with me. A day of art would have been so much fun for all of
us. (Especially since it was "free" day!) My "me" day was so worth it!
I had never heard of Dale Chihuly before the exhibit came to Cheekwood,
(I have since been schooled by 2 Seattle friends!), so after hearing about
it on tv one day, I decided to check it out. For more information, check
him out HERE...I am so glad I did! I took 242 pictures and have slowly been whittling them down to a manageable number! I think I may have to put a new portable hard drive on my Christmas list, as my current one is starting to groan as I fill it up!
If you ever hear about a Chihuly exhibit near you, it is worth it to go
check it out. (Psst...also check for free community days, as they do offer
them sometimes!) Free = Awesomeness!
"If you take a thousand blown pieces of a color, put them together, and
then shoot light through them, that's going to be something to look at. It's
mysterious, defying graviey or seemingly out of place - like something you
have never seen before." -Dale Chihuly
This one really reminded me of a Christmas ornament! The detail
in some of the pieces is just amazing.
Blue Marlins...you can really see them as birds from overhead. If you
know what you are looking at, you can see them ok on the side view,
but you see the small "clusters" on the overhead shot.
Blue Marlins / Side view
"I love to juxtapose the manmade and the natural to sort of
make people wonder,is it manmade or did it come from nature?
That's a very important part of my work."
Waterfall/Walla Walla's...by the look of the crowd, can you wonder
how I was able to get so many pictures WITHOUT people in them?!
I really love this...wish I knew what she was thinking!
To create the long, tubular shape of a Reed, one glassblower
is elevated in a mechanical lift while blowing through the pipe
to encourage the form to stretch, while another pulls the glass
toward the ground. Some Reeds are longer than 10 feet!
Named for both the island and the traditional Japanese fishing
boats, they may be the largest free-blown glass forms in the world.
Pano of 5 or 6 pictures, stitched together.
Part 2 coming tomorrow with the rest of the pictures!