Sunday, November 7, 2010
Chihuly Reimagined At Franklin Park Conservatory
We went to Columbus at the end of March for a belated celebration of my 50th birthday.
As luck would have it, that was also the weekend Chihuly Reimagined, an exhibition of blown glass by renowned artist Dale Chihuly, closed. The opportunity to see the Chihuly Reimagined exhibition at Franklin Park Conservatory ranks, unquestionably, among my best birthday gifts.
Dale Chihuly, if you don't know, is considered the world’s premier glass artist. He's devoted forty-five years to developing an expertise in the art of sculpture and glass blowing. His work is on display in over 150 major museums worldwide.
Chihuly Reimagined, according to ChihulyInColumbus.com, placed "Franklin Park Conservatory’s signature collection of Dale Chihuly’s glass artwork on full view for the first time since it debuted in 2003."
A record number of visitors were drawn to Franklin Park when Chihuly’s works were first installed into several of the plant collections. This led to the Conservatory purchasing many of his pieces and putting them on everlasting display in their plant collections. The collection owned by the Conservatory is the largest collection owned by a botanical garden.
ChihulyInColumbus.com said of Chihuly Reimagined, "Represented by thousands of vibrant hand blown glass elements, the collection has been ‘reimagined’ in new configurations and new locations – indoors and out of doors. Three installations from Chihuly Studio, not seen before in Columbus, add to the exhibition."
I consider these the best photographs I shot that day which will enable you to experience the 24 Chihuly Reimagined installations.Any and all social media support would, of course, be appreciated.