Friday, June 1, 2007

Chihuly at the Phipps

If you're sitting there thinking, "Boy, would I like to visit Pittsburgh", (happens to everyone, you know) now would be the time. It's the Year of Glass in Pittsburgh and it is fabulo! For starters, Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens is hosting an exhibition by world-reknowned glass artist Dale Chihuly. I just saw the show today. It is absolutely stunning. Below are some photos, but they really don't do it justice. Just to be standing there, taking in the entire room--the smells, the heat, the foliage, the butterflies. You have to be there. At night, the glass is illuminated with light.

This display will take your breath away. The room is planted completely in silver
and blue-gray, surrounded by towering, blue glass sculptures.

Steam rises from the tropical fish pond enveloping the glass balls.

The Fiori Sun reminded me of the giant, red quid from 20,000 Leagues
Under the Sea. Flitting around the scultpure were dozens of butterflies.

These look like colorful, Venus Flytraps. They were made using all 300 colors
of glass available. Each scultpure is specked with color, which comes from
rolling molten glass in smaller shards of colored glass during the blowing process.

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