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Soft Cylinders

Soft Cylinders

Black Chrome Orange Soft Cylinder with Wintergreen Lip Wrap, 2013, 19 x 16 x 14"  Inquire

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.

White Soft Cylinder, 2011 by Dale Chihuly

White Soft Cylinder, 2011, 18 x 17 x 18"
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Sunset Red Soft Cylinder with Yellow Lip Wrap, 2016 by Dale Chihuly

Sunset Red Soft Cylinder with Yellow Lip Wrap, 2016, 17 x 17 x 13"
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Plum Soft Cylinder with Chartreuse Lip Wrap, 2014 by Dale Chihuly

Plum Soft Cylinder with Chartreuse Lip Wrap, 2014, 19 x 16 x 16"
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Mint Green White Soft Cylinder with Cherry Lip Wrap, 2012 by Dale Chihuly

Mint Green White Soft Cylinder with Cherry Lip Wrap, 2012, 20 x 19 x 15"
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SEE THE PROCESS

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Black Lapis Soft Cylinder with Blush Lip Wrap, 2013 by Dale Chihuly

Black Lapis Soft Cylinder with Blush Lip Wrap, 2013, 22 x 21 x 21"
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Dale Chihuly, Cerulean Blue Soft Cylinder with Coral Red Lip Wrap, 2014

Cerulean Blue Soft Cylinder with Coral Red Lip Wrap, 2014, 23 x 20 x 20"
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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"
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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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