The Glass Ceiling

We had the exhilarating experience of being able to view Dale Chihuly’s incredible works in two different places.  The first was a traveling show that we saw in Fort Myers, Florida, in about 2000.  Then in 2006, we were fortunate enough to go on an excursion with a senior center group to the permanent display in Tacoma, Washington.  Both were fabulous!

This is a picture taken of the overhead display along the extended walkway to the main museum in Tacoma – so it truly is a glass ceiling.  The enormity of it was overwhelming.

I lived in Tacoma for a while as an infant, but Mr. Chihuly was only three years old at the time, so we did not know each other!  ;->

See more about this very talented man at:

http://www.chihuly.com

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21 Responses to The Glass Ceiling

  1. Kim says:

    Wow. I’m sure this is magnificent in real time! Our University art museum owns one of his chandeliers. Stunning!

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  2. I love his works! The exhibition I remember most was in Jerusalem museum, where his works were displayed in an ancient building and the contrast made it all an unforgettable experience.
    Thanks for the reminder! 🙂

    P.S. You can see some of the works he place there in this link:
    http://www.chihuly.com/exhibitions/chihuly-light-jerusalem-2000

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  3. Dale says:

    That is really interesting. I found myself trying to identify all of the elements. I couldn’t, but they really flow together as if in a sea current.

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  4. Chihuly gave a lecture at my college when I was a student. I shall never forget that the speaker wore bright, lime green pants and an eye patch. One felt–here is a fearless artist! 🙂

    Paige

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  5. taphian says:

    that’s really beautiful, dear Judie. I heard a lot about this artist. Have a nice day, virtual hugs Mitza

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    • judilyn says:

      His work is just beautiful, and his place in Tacoma is just huge. The walkway where I took the picture is incredibly long with all of it covered in that beautiful blown glass. We were with a group, so couldn’t tarry, but I wish there had been a longer session there, and maybe a tour of where the glass is blown. We did go to a glass blowing exhibition in New Mexico about that same time, but it definitely was not the same thing!

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      • taphian says:

        you’re lucky you live so close

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        • judilyn says:

          Arizona is not anywhere near to his main studio in Tacoma, Washington. Likewise, the show in Florida – we were there visiting with relatives when the show was in town. Think of the United States as a rectangle, with New York at the top right corner. Arizona, Washington, and Florida are pretty much at the other three corners.

          We were living fulltime in our motorhome then, so could go anywhere we wanted to and take our home with us. Here are some pictures of it:

          http://www.andybaird.com/francine/

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          • taphian says:

            I see. Your photos show a very luxurious motorhome which has everything you need and is probably as big as our flat, sigh, thanks for your interesting words, have a nice day, regards Mitza

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          • judilyn says:

            Yes, it was lovely, and we were very sad to give it up. I don’t know who has it now, but I’m sure they are enjoying it. We had planned for at least twenty years of traveling about the country, but managed only about two years. About the time we finished caring for others and were on our way . . . well, that is when Gary was diagnosed with the cancer, and we have been pretty much grounded ever since (2007) then. The initial three or four years of treatments were very harsh and debilitating, but, over those years, he improved to the point that he was able to leave the wheelchair and after a couple of years, was able to walk without aids. Life at that point was not such an enormous daily struggle, but he still requires a lot of rest for his body to combat the effects of the disease, as well as the current chemotherapy.

            We continue to hope to travel some, but the ongoing chemotherapy, blood draws, doctor visits, general debility, etc. seem to present a formidable blockade. So we revel in the good fortune that we are both still alive and can enjoy the pleasure of each other’s company! ;->

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          • taphian says:

            you see everything very realistic and with a lot of love for Gary. I’m happy he feels a bit better now and you don’t miss the motorhome a lot. due to your wonderful cooking he lives a very healthy life and you seem to have a lot of beauties around you. Give him my kind regards, virtual hugs Mitza

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          • judilyn says:

            Thank you – I will tell him. He is sitting on our deck at the moment, enjoying the view of the line of scud that is sitting just below the peaks of the mountains in the distance. The rainy season is upon us, thus there are not so many animals coming to our water pond offering, but I did see a little cottontail bunny scamper across our back yard when I got up this morning. I don’t know where he was going, but he was in a big hurry! ;->

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          • taphian says:

            sounds great, Judie, you must live in a wonderful place, virtual hugs Mitza

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          • judilyn says:

            Our lovely motorhome had under 300 square feet of living space, plus the driving area. Our current home seems to be the repository for more “things” than were needed to live in those 300 square feet! I do love my kitchen toys, though! ;-> And Gary has his beloved books out in bookcases instead of in covered containers underneath the motorhome. He loves to have access to his reference books! We are very happy in our home now.

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          • taphian says:

            Great, we would like to buy a little house as soon as my husband is retired. Our flat is small and I’m collecting so many things and books, too. I can understand Gary. I love to have all my books in bookcases, too and to have a little room for my artistical hobbies. It’s no fun to paint in the living room and having to put it away every evening and take it out in the morning. That’s why I stopped painting in a way. And believe it or not, I have about 200 pictures in old frames at our walls. But it looks nice.

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