"Whether rippling like sheets of frozen water, enclosing space in a perfect sphere, or reaching out like the fingers of a fantastic sea creature, [Chihuly's] luminous sculptures are breathtakingly beautiful. [...] By grouping them in gardens, plazas, train stations, canals, and architectural masterpieces, Chihuly has also changed the face of public art."
—Excerpt from the introductory essay by Eleanor Heartney found in Chihuly and Architecture
Chihuly and Architecture celebrates four decades of Chihuly's spectacular site-specific glass installations. This publication, which is being released in honor of the artist's upcoming milestone 80th birthday, examines architectural commissions, temporary public installations, and museum exhibitions. With backdrops as diverse as stark, concrete courtyards, and verdant gardens to glasshouses and castles, and stories of his travels — from the canals of Venice to the Citadel in the Old City of Jerusalem — the book provides a rare insight into Chihuly's inspirations and global footprint.
The essayist, Eleanor Heartney, is a New York-based art critic and author of numerous books and articles about contemporary art. Her work has appeared in ARTnews, Art in America, the Washington Post, and the New York Times.