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Sole d’Oro, 2017, 14½ x 14 x 14', Biltmore, Asheville, North Carolina, installed 2018

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.

Ethereal White Persian Pond by Dale Chihuly

Ethereal White Persian Pond (detail), 2018
Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, London, installed 2019

Orange Hornet Chandelier by Dale Chihuly

Orange Hornet Chandelier, 1993

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.

Radiant Yellow Icicle Chandelier by Dale Chihuly

Radiant Yellow Icicle Chandelier, 2018, 11 x 6 x 6'
Groninger Museum, Groningen, Netherlands

Sunset Chandelier by Dale Chihuly

Sunset Chandelier, 2019, 17 x 9 x 8'
Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, Columbus, Ohio


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Desert Towers by Dale Chihuly

Desert Towers, 2008
Desert Botanical Garden, Phoenix

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.

Opal and Amber Towers by Dale Chihuly

Opal and Amber Towers, 2018
Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, London, installed 2019

Sea Blue and Green Tower by Dale Chihuly

Sea Blue and Green Tower, 2004, 15½ x 8½ x 8'
Clinton Presidential Library and Museum, Little Rock, Arkansas, installed 2014

Toyama Persian Ceiling, 2015, Toyama Glass Art Museum, Japan

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.

Neon Orange Persian Wall by Dale Chihuly

Neon Orange Persian Wall, 2019

Turquoise and Gilded Sconce by Dale Chihuly

Turquoise and Gilded Sconce, 2018

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.

Float Boat, the Sun, and Red Reeds by Dale Chihuly

Float Boat, 2008, The Sun, 2003, and Red Reeds, 2009
Salk Institute for Biological Studies, La Jolla, California, installed 2010

Fiori Boat by Dale Chihuly

Fiori Boat, 2014, 4½ x 12½ x 8'
Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden, Coral Gables, Florida

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


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