I’ve seen this art work three times. First in Dallas, next in Saint Louis and now in Seattle. You walk into a room where the entire ceiling is masked by this colorful piece. Heavy black ironwork supports a thick sheet of clear glass. On this sheet rests a profusion of individual pieces of colored glass. The framework divides the ceiling into individual panels. This is just an example of one of them. The following is the museum’s write-up on this work.
Chihuly began the Persians series in 1986 while experimenting with new forms. Originally, he displayed Persians in pedestal compositions, often with smaller shapes nested in larger pieces. Later, working with an architectural framework, he mounts larger forms to walls and suspends them as overhead compositions. The first Persian Ceiling was presented in his 1992 exhibition opening in the new downtown Seattle Art Museum. Lit from above and resting on a flat glass pane, the elements of the Persian Ceiling come together to provide an immersive experience in color and shape.
You have to be somewhat careful while viewing this art. Everybody in the room is walking around with their head’s craned upward. No one is watching where they are going. Small children, especially in strollers are particularly hazardous to the ardent Chihuly fan.
I’m jealous – I’m a Chihuly fan. I’ve also seen his installations several times: twice in St. Louis (Art Museum and Botanical Garden) and once in Memphis, TN where there were both indoor and outdoor installations. All were different and beautiful to look at.
I assume you saw his work at the Arboretum here in Dallas – stunning work. Great photo of his ceiling.
Thanks for sharing.