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Cattails and Copper Birch Reeds (detail), 2019, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, London

Gardens of Glass

Chihuly’s installations of Fiori demonstrate the artist’s interest in organic, free flowing forms, scale, and the massing of color to affect environments with his work. Compositions range from simple groupings of Reeds, Eelgrass or Marlins to hundreds of elements brought together as Mille Fiori (Italian for “a thousand flowers”).  

Cobalt Fiori, 2007, Dale Chihuly

Cobalt Fiori, 2007
Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, Pittsburgh

Fire Amber Herons (detail), 2021, Dale Chihuly

Fire Amber Herons (detail), 2021, 8 x 22 x 4'
Taliesin West, Scottsdale, Arizona

Perennial Fiori, 2014, Dale Chihuly

Perennial Fiori (detail), 2014
Denver Botanic Gardens

Tiger Lilies, 2001, Dale Chihuly

Tiger Lilies, 2001
Garfield Park Conservatory, Chicago


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Toyama Mille Fiori, 2015, Dale Chihuly

Toyama Mille Fiori, 2015, 9 x 31 x 18½'
Toyama Glass Art Museum, Toyama, Japan

Iris Fountain Yellow Herons, 2007, Dale Chihuly

Iris Fountain Yellow Herons, 2007, 68 x 60 x 53"
Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, Pittsburgh

“A lot of work I do is nature-inspired or looks like it might come from nature, but I don’t look specifically at something to make it.”


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