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