Posts Tagged ‘glass art’

Fantastical: fanciful; unreal; whimsical; capricious; fantastic.

Although I couldn’t get any very good photos of this creation, I think you’ll agree that it certainly is fantastical or any of the synonyms listed above. Can you say sci-fi creatures anyone?

Dan mentioned how he likes to go where he’s not supposed to go and when I’m close to sculptures like these, it’s all I can do not to touch (a definite no-no.) Look around. No one near? Let’s creep a bit closer, allowing us to appreciate the shapes and lines of Chihuly’s work up close and personal. And oh, the colors!

I can’t resist one more of these. Due to the angle of the shot, the smaller orange shape appears to have a hand to its head (is it “Oh, my!” or “My head’s killing me”?) while the larger one in the middle might be wiping away a tear or getting a speck out of its eye. Meanwhile the blue on the right continues to undulate.

Walking along the path, we peek through the desert foliage to see a small group of colorful columns, some of which seem to be dancing while others stand tall and stately.

I like the way the columns mimic the iconic saguaro cacti; one smooth, one spiky.

Tomorrow we’ll go closer but for today, a final look at the contrasting shapes of these colorful beauties. Don’t the curved ones make you move just a bit? Are you one of the dancers or one of the ones standing calmly and regally?

SixWord Saturday 1.22.22

…this might be the result if she were turned to glass (rather than a pillar of salt like Lot’s wife.)

Darling, who IS your stylist? Those curls are divine!

We enter the garden, we’re stunned by the boat…then we look up to behold a forest of slender trees or perhaps reeds unmoved by any wind. Surrounded by stout, prickly cacti guardians, they rise gracefully, some straight, others in sinuous shapes.

“I need the shade of blue that rips your heart out. You don’t see that type of blue around here.”
― Cath Crowley, Graffiti Moon

Let’s go a little closer.

“If magic was a colour,
That colour would be sparkling blue”
― Lucy H. Pearce,

Then we’ll let the camera takes us where we’re not physically allowed to go…in amongst the creations.

“Humans get hungry for blue, it seems: to hold the sea in their hands, to wear the sky in their hair, to drape themselves in the hazy blue of distant mountains. Blue is more than a colour: it is a feeling. We don’t say that we feel orange or purple, but we say we feel blue when our souls are sad and heavy. We
play or sing or listen to the blues to express this sensation. Like any colour, it cannot be adequately described with words, only experienced, known through the eyes and
the soul.

Making blue has always been magic: the domain of alchemists since the beginning of human history. To find red only required blood or berries or the smearing of red clay. To make brown was as simple as
reaching down to the earth beneath one’s feet. White chalk is plentiful in many places, or can be replaced by fire ash. But blue appears rarely in forms from which paints or dyes can be made…blue requires earthly magic.”
― Lucy H. Pearce, She of the Sea

Fans of the series “Highlander” as my husband is, will recognize this as the motto and belief of the immortals who are ready to battle to the death because “There can be only one” left to receive the prize. While I’m ambivalent about the movie/series, I do use the line when it fits as I think it does today when “There can only be one” photo because I want to give you time to enjoy the colors, shapes, and imagination of the first Chihuly sculpture greeting anyone entering the Desert Botanical Garden for this installation. When I went to the previous installation, this boat or something similar, was in a small pond found after a lovely wander through more of the exhibit. I loved it both ways but front and center is appropriate as far as I’m concerned.

Just imagine what this will look like when illuminated after dark! I can’t wait!

Let’s enjoy a last round of oranges before we head outside to see what beauties lurk there. I left with my senses stunned.

Six Word Saturday 1.15.21