Chihuly Glass Fantasia Returns
Fairchild Tropical Gardens in Coral Gables, Florida is once again hosting the spectacular glass sculpture exhibit created by world famous artist Dale Chihuly. This exhibit is his largest to date and runs now through May 31, 2015. The display is found within the 83 acres that compose Fairchild Gardens.
Dale Chihuly began working with glass while studying interior design at the University of Washington. Chihuly enrolled in a glass program at the University of Wisconsin and the Rhode Island School of Design where he founded the glass program and taught for more than ten years.
After receiving a Fullbright Fellowship in 1968 he worked at the Venini glass factory in Venice. This is where he observed the glass blowing approach. This was the inspiration of his work with fire art glass. Chihuly founded the Pilchuck Glass School in Washington. It rapidly became an international glass center. This center is now considered the pinnacle of fire glass art.
Chihuly’s glass works are found in more than 200 museum collections around the world. His awards include twelve honorary doctorates and two fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts. Some of the well-known works created by Chihuly are Cylinders and Baskets in the 1970’s, Seaforms, Macchia, Venetians, and Persians in the 1980’s, Nijmia Floats and Chandeliers in the 1990’s, and Fiori in the 2000’s. In 1986 he held a solo exhibition at the Palais du Louvre in Paris. In 1995 he installed sculptures at the canals and piazzas of Venice. In 1999 he created an exhibit which was visited by more than 1 million people, Chihuly in the light of Jerusalem at the Tower of David.
The Garden exhibition currently on display at Fairchild in Coral Gables will debut new works of art that have never been seen before. Chihuly has revolutionized the studio glass movement within fire art. The never before seen creation is truly a glittering glass menagerie that brings even more life to the beautiful grounds of Fairchild Tropical Gardens. The exhibit is appealing to all generations and age groups.