Written by Shantel Susan, Art Consultant & Founder Shantel’s Art & Design Inc.
The Oklahoma City Museum of Art (Dale Chihuly glass installations)
The Oklahoma City Museum of Art has two lobbies that both display large Dale Chihuly installations that are permanently affixed to the interior. The sculpted glass work of artist Dale Chihuly is known worldwide for its uniqueness in technique, colour choices and overall look. Designed in the typical Chihuly style, the use of blown glass is predominant and lead Waterford crystal (together with the work of their specialized artisans) were incorporated into these more generous creations. Given this is a museum and the artist is from western United States, it makes this particular work most appropriate for this institution.
Bridge of Glass (Dale Chihuly glass ceiling)
This 500 foot pedestrian bridge that links Washington State Historic Museum with the Museum of Glass was designed with blown glass and formed metal grids dividing each component of the display. The visitor can walk from downtown Tacoma, WA to the city’s waterfront using this connective tunnel. It is difficult to critique such a design being it is so incredibly different and inextricably tied to Dale Chihuly. Certainly for patrons of this artist, it clearly is a representative and worthwhile articulation of his talents. As the visitor will eventually enter the Museum of Glass, it is entirely suitable for his work to be exhibited in this manner.
Bridge of Glass
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