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Persian Installations

Persian Installations

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

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.

Chihuly, Grand Stairwell Installation, 2018

Grand Stairwell Installation, 2018, 23 x 64½ x 2'
Groninger Museum, Groningen, Netherlands

Dale Chihuly, Glasshouse Sculpture, 2012

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

Dale Chihuly, Persian Ceiling, 2012

Persian Ceiling, 2012, 25 x 15'
Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto, installed 2016

Persian Window, 2019, 15 x 14½ x 1½'
Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, Columbus, Ohio

Cloud Forest Persians, 2018, 35 x 8 x 7'
Gardens by the Bay, Singapore, installed 2021

Three Graces Tower, 2016, 84 x 96 x 96"
Atlanta Botanical Garden

“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. 

Dale Chihuly, Topaz Verdigris Persian Wall, 2017

Topaz Verdigris Persian Wall, 2017, 38 x 76"

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

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

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