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Persians

Persians

Cloud White Persian Set with Jet Black Lip Wraps, 2015, 12 x 24 x 21"  Inquire

Poetic, experimental forms

Featured in many of Chihuly’s most dramatic installations, Persians are an exploration of form, shape and color—a celebration of wild asymmetry and swirling pattern. They have an ancient sensibility, and for Chihuly, conjure notions of Venice, and the Near and Far East.

Early Yellow Persian Set with Limoges Blue Lip Wraps, 2016 by Dale Chihuly

Early Yellow Persian Set with Limoges Blue Lip Wraps, 2016, 14 x 21 x 19"
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Cerulean Lace Persian Set with Obsidian Lip Wraps, 2016 by Dale Chihuly

Cerulean Lace Persian Set with Obsidian Lip Wraps, 2016, 11 x 28 x 24"
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Mandarin Orange Persian Set with Jet Lip Wraps, 2015 by Dale Chihuly

Mandarin Orange Persian Set with Jet Lip Wraps, 2015, 9 x 22 x 23"
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White and Chartreuse Persian Set, 2011 by Dale Chihuly

White and Chartreuse Persian Set, 2011, 11 x 23 x 22"
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Niagara Blue Persian Set with Carmine Lip Wraps, 2016 by Dale Chihuly

Niagara Blue Persian Set with Carmine Lip Wraps, 2016, 11 x 24 x 23"
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Cerise Persian Set with Royal Blue Lip Wraps, 2012 by Dale Chihuly

Cerise Persian Set with Royal Blue Lip Wraps, 2012, 12 x 29 x 26"
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SEE THE PROCESS

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Elemental Chihuly

Persians have become an essential component of Chihuly’s increasingly dramatic installations. They are mounted onto walls, windows and ceilings—even placed along the bottom of Chihuly’s swimming pool. As seen in this sketch, they are the stars of his permanent installation at Tacoma’s Union Station.

Union Station Drawing, 1993 by Dale Chihuly

Union Station Drawing, 1993, 22 x 30"

Monarch Window, 1994, by Dale Chihuly

Monarch Window, 1994, 22 x 40 x 3', Union Station, Tacoma, Washington

Molten glass shaped by optic mold, The Boathouse hotshop, Seattle, 1995

Spellbinding patterns

The use of ribbed optic molds is essential to the aesthetic of Persians. Molten glass, ringed by linear wraps, is plunged into these molds to create repetitive patterns. When blown out, the bubbles are transformed into swirling, irregularly shaped rondels with fascinating detail.

“The Persians started out as a search for forms. We worked for a year on doing only experimental Persians....we made at least a thousand or more.”

–Chihuly

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