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Soft Cylinders

Soft Cylinders

Hunter Green Soft Cylinder with Turquoise Blue Lip Wrap, 1995, 21 x 16 x 18"

Elegant asymmetry

With drawings that seem to float in space, Soft Cylinders combine key elements of two earlier series. They incorporate glass thread drawings using the “pick-up drawing” technique found in Cylinders, while expressing the relaxed asymmetry and gentle movement of Baskets.

Silvered Clear Soft Cylinder with Scarlet Lip Wrap

Silvered Clear Soft Cylinder with Scarlet Lip Wrap, 2012, 15 x 15 x 12"

White Soft Cylinder

White Soft Cylinder, 2011, 20 x 15 x 19"

Aqua Soft Cylinder with Carmine Lip Wrap

Aqua Soft Cylinder with Carmine Lip Wrap, 2014, 22 x 20 x 18"

Hyacinth Blue Soft Cylinder with Sunlight Lip Wrap

Hyacinth Blue Soft Cylinder with Sunlight Lip Wrap, 2002, 20 x 15 x 12"

Golden Apricot Soft Cylinder with Cherry Lip Wrap

Golden Apricot Soft Cylinder with Cherry Lip Wrap, 2002, 20 x 16 x 15"

SEE THE PROCESS

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Black Lime Soft Cylinder with Golden Lip Wrap (2006) by Dale Chihuly

Black Lime Soft Cylinder with Golden Lip Wrap, 2006, 18 x 23 x 18"

An array of colors and shapes

Soft Cylinders represent the culmination of Chihuly’s interests in weaving, surface pattern and asymmetry. They are created in a range of palettes, from vibrant to monochromatic, with the shape of each piece dictated by gravity’s pull.

“Halfway into the blowing process, right after the last gather of glass has been dipped from the furnace, the gaffer comes down on the drawing with the molten glass and fuses it to the surface. This is the most exciting moment of making a Soft Cylinder.”

–Chihuly

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