Uniting color, light, form, and space to deliver uniquely immersive experiences, Chihuly has completed ambitious architectural artwork installations all over the world. Inspired by a lifelong interest in architecture and gardens, Chihuly creates site-specific sculptures for a wide variety of settings, from public spaces and museums, to private homes and gardens.
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.
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.
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.
“Glass is the most magical of all materials.
It transmits light in a special way.”
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.