Poetic, experimental forms
Chihuly’s Persians are a celebration of wild symmetry and swirling patterns of color. First exhibited in 1986 as part of his exhibition at the Musée des Arts Décoratifs, Palais du Louvre in Paris, the dramatic forms are presented on pedestals and in compositions mounted on walls, and suspended from ceilings in the form of Chandeliers and Towers.
“The Persians started out as a search for forms. We worked for a year on doing only experimental Persians...we made a thousand or more.”
Creating a wall of color
Chihuly began using glass elements originally meant for Chandeliers to create Sconces in 1997, and has since revisited the concept, assembling clusters of the forms to create sweeping and dynamic wall installations.