Posts Tagged ‘glass art’

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

I think when you see the details of the parts of this installation/exhibit, you’ll understand why it reminds me of some underwater fantastic creatures down in the depths of the ocean.

I wouldn’t mind finding some shells like these as I walk along the shore!

I think the shape of this outer “shell” may be my favorite…at least until I see the next one. 🙂 But Chihuly’s work is like that.

I admit to being a bit frustrated by WP because when I look at my favorite part of the indoor installation (or maybe tied for first with the first installation I shared), the colors don’t appear as nearly as deep and bright as they were and as they look on my iPad. So using your imagination, picture yourself rounding the corner from the other room to behold these marvelous creations, all rich shades of yellow/orange/gold, deep and vibrant against a dark background, looking like some sorts of extraordinary sea creatures in the quiet deep.

Now turn around to look back (and ignore my husband’s fingers that sneaked their way into my photo but weren’t noticed by me until I went to get ready to insert it into the post.) I do have photos on my camera sans fingers, I imagine, but we’re in the process of getting my mom into a care home and there are so many things to do: papers to fill out, forms to be taking to the doctor’s office, decisions of all sorts to be made, and then the ongoing daily things such as getting my parents’ main meal ready, cleaning, etc., and I haven’t had a chance to upload any photos, so enjoy looking at what that finger is showing you and have a grand Wednesday. Yes, there will be more details and closeups after Thursday Doors tomorrow.

In the second room, there were a number of sculptures which would be more approachable to have in your home (unless you have a mansion), but that were also lovely. Here are three of them. The mark on the wall behind the first piece amused me, making it seem that steam…or perhaps a genie…was emerging from the top.

I love the shadows created by this one as well as the piece itself.

The Desert Botanical Garden in Phoenix is wonderful on its own but throw in glass creations by Chihuly (whoops, “throw” is probably a bad word around glass) and you ratchet up the descriptive scale to superb, awesome, amazing, etc. I loved the 2014 installation so I was excited to see another starting toward the end of last year and when my husband finally had a day off, away we went, purchasing a year’s membership the night before.

These three creations are permanent in the Garden, greeting visitors throughout the year. They’re quite tall, the better to turn the ever-present sun into a myriad of sparkles.

Most pieces are scattered along the paths that wind through one section of the garden but there’s also a gallery collection indoors. We’ll start there with these glorious creations. Not sure what you’d call them but wouldn’t you love to have one somewhere in your house? (Only if you don’t have children or wild parties!)

I didn’t know Chihuly did art but my guess is that these end up being translated into glass. My husband, who doesn’t like modern art, loved these.

There’s a lot more to see and we’ll see it over these next days. Stay tuned.