Posts Tagged ‘glass’

Debbie’s One Word Sunday Challenge this week is “Glass” in any of its manifestations or interpretations (or any other single word you like).  Glass immediately brings Chihuly and his amazing glass creations to mind.  I’ve been fortunate enough to see his work in a number of places, but none in such abundance as his installation at the Phoenix Desert Botanical Gardens a few years ago.  My s-i-l and I did the rounds during the day, then again as it got dark, when the glass was illuminated.  Both were magical.

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What a great time to have a theme of “Vibrant!”  In the northern hemisphere, we’re yearning for color, while our friends and family in the southern have color to share.  I’m going back to an earlier trip to Arizona, when I was fortunate enough to see an installation of Dale Chihuly’s work at the Phoenix Desert Botanical Gardens.  There was a surfeit of vibrant colors and I’m going to share more than one, as I can never decide which I like the most.

I’m in my last several days of this year’s trip to Arizona, with only about an hour of internet per day, so please excuse my absence this week on your blogs.  I’ll do better next week when I’m back in the winter of the midwest.

© janet m. webb 2014

© janet m. webb 2014

© janet m. webb 2014

Although I didn’t get registered for it and therefore am not properly a member of WordPress’s Photography 101 class, I have a contribution for the subject today, “Glass.”  I took this photo in Basel, Switzerland this summer the day before we flew home from our vacation. I love the detail of the frame.

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OK, Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge this week is really Smooth Objects, but my post is Chihuly-smooth.  I’ve posted about Chihuly’s installation at the Phoenix Desert Botanical Garden before, but these are new photos of smooth glass in vibrant colors.  They’re not just smooth, they’re soothing. 

So just imagine you’re there and can run your hands along these beauties and you’ll feel both “smooth” and soothed.

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Tea on Tuesday

Posted: April 1, 2014 in Art, Tea time
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As I write this on Monday, I’m at the library for the free internet.  Ours decided to go down sometime during the time I was riding my bike to the library (for fun and exercise) this morning.  After many futile attempts to figure out what was wrong, our internet provider, who shall remain nameless, said they could have a technician out tomorrow (or today as you read this), between 11 am and noon.  Hopefully that’s not an April Fool’s joke!

Driven by my desire to blog daily, I went back to the library, by car this time, to catch up a bit and get this post ready.  Then it’s back to the house to enjoy some disconnected time with a good book and some…tea.  

This is a teapot I’ve seen before. Since it’s in an enclosed glass cabinet, it’s difficult to get great photos, but I think its superb beauty and elegance shine through anyway.

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Weather allowing, at about 8 am CST this morning, we’ll be in the air on our way to Miami and, from there, to San José , Costa Rica. We’ll be staying near Manuel Antonio in the rain forest area, a completely new place and experience for me. I hope to have lots of photos to share. In the meantime, enjoy some more spectacular Chihuly from Desert Botanical Garden in Phoenix and understand that I may not be able to reply to comments for some time. But please do comment. I enjoy hearing from you.

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I promised I’d show you some more Chihuly glass and here’s the first bit, with many more to come.  Every piece looked wonderful as we walked through in the afternoon and then, as night fell and the sculpture were illuminated, we were enchanted all over again and marveled anew at each piece.  Impossible to decide which we liked better.  The lush beauty of his work stands in stark contrast to the sharp, spare beauty of the desert and its prickly plants.  But they play off one another so well, each enhancing the other.  Thankfully, there’s no need to choose.  Simply choose to enjoy.

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My object for this week’s challenge is a Chihuly bowl.

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Juxtaposition is one of my favorite words.  Juxtaposition is “the fact of two things being seen or placed close together with contrasting effect.”   That leaves the photography door wide open when it comes to possibilities.  I could use a photo of today’s high in Phoenix (71 F or 80 while I was there earlier in the week) with today’s high in the Chicago area (21 but with fiercely blowing winds and wind chill advisories.)  That would be chilling juxtaposition!

Instead, I’m showing the juxtaposition of the graceful, smooth, luminous glass sculpture of Dale Chihuly juxtaposed against the straight, sharp spines of the surrounding cacti.  I love Chihuly’s work and the Desert Botanical Garden in Phoenix mounted a fabulous, lush installation of his work set against (juxtaposed) against the spare beauty of desert plants.  I was fortunate to see it both during the day and at night, when his work was illuminated, material for further posts.

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I was privileged to see Dale Chihuly’s work this weekend at the Desert Botanical Gardens. To put together a post using my phone that would even begin to do justice to his installation is impossible. However, I’ll give you a few photos to pique your interest in this amazing artist’s glasswork.

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