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Dale Chihuly, Red Reeds, 2017

Architectural installations

Chihuly has always been interested in architecture and the way form interacts with light and space. His installations are created in dialogue with the environments in which they are sited, interacting harmoniously while affecting spatial perceptions to inspire profound experiences. Chihuly’s ambitious artwork installations are placed in public spaces, museums, and botanical gardens around the world, and are available for private commissions.

Dale Chihuly, Ethereal White Persian Pond, 2018

Ethereal White Persian Pond, 2018
Gardens by the Bay, Singapore, installed 2021

Dale Chihuly, Fire Amber Herons, 2021

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

Sculpture on a grand scale

Chihuly’s Chandeliers are composed of hundreds of blown glass elements that together, make up elaborate, intricate compositions. Chihuly has created them for spaces indoors and out, all around the world.

Dale Chihuly, Winter Waters Icicle Chandelier, 2019

Winter Waters Icicle Chandelier, 2019, 19 x 7 x 7'

Dale Chihuly, Gilded Frost and Obsidian Chandelier, 2018

Gilded Frost and Obsidian Chandelier, 2018, 15 x 8½ x 8'


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Dale Chihuly, Marine Blue and Citron Tower, 2021

Marine Blue and Citron Tower, 2021, 15 x 8½ x 8½'
Taliesin West, Scottsdale, Arizona

Freestanding and soaring to the sky

A natural evolution of Chandeliers, the Tower design allows Chihuly to create large, freestanding sculptures that rise up toward the sky, in spaces not suited for Chandeliers.

Dale Chihuly, Colorado, 2014

Colorado, 2014, 14½ x 8½ x 8½'
Denver Botanic Gardens
Photo by Scott Dressel-Martin, Photo © Denver Botanic Gardens

Dale Chihuly, Sol del Citrón, 2014

Sol del Citrón, 2014, 16 x 14½ x 14½'
Desert Botanical Garden, Phoenix, installed 2021

Dale Chihuly, Glasshouse Sculpture, 2012

Glasshouse Sculpture, 2012, 27 x 100 x 23'
Chihuly Garden and Glass, Seattle

Transforming everyday spaces

Persians are dynamic, asymmetrical forms that take on a dramatic new presence when placed together in pedestal compositions and ceiling installations, called Pergolas. Bursting with color, these unexpected installations invite people to interact with art in a new way.

Creating a wall of color

In 1997, Chihuly began using glass elements originally meant for Chandeliers to create Sconces—glass sculptures that project from a wall. Chihuly often clusters these sculptures, creating a sweeping and dynamic installation.

Topaz Verdigris Persian Wall, 2017 by Dale Chihuly

Topaz Verdigris Persian Wall, 2017, 40 x 79 x 17''

Dale Chihuly, Topaz and Aqua Persian Sconce Wall (detail), 2016

Topaz and Aqua Persian Sconce Wall (detail), 2016, 66 x 78 x 16"

The Boat by Dale Chihuly

The Boat (detail), 1995, Nuutajärvi, Finland

Boats overflowing with beauty

Chihuly first filled boats with glass pieces in Nuutajärvi, Finland, after tossing bulbous glass pieces into the river to let them float downstream. Chihuly’s team salvaged a rowboat from the river and filled it with a variety of glass forms. Chihuly has continued to revisit this concept ever since.

Dale Chihuly, Fiori Boat, 2018

Fiori Boat, 2018, 6½ x 24½ x 8'
Cheekwood Estate & Gardens, Nashville, installed 2020

Dale Chihuly, Float Boat, 2014

Float Boat, 2014, 3½ x 16 x 5½'
Gardens by the Bay, Singapore, installed 2021

“Glass is the most magical of all materials.
It transmits light in a special way.”


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