Friday, May 27, 2011

Sun Gates

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Chinese Festival at MoBot 1

Dale Chihuly is easily the best known and most popular glass artist in the U.S. His sun gates flank the rose garden at our beloved Missouri Botanical Garden. Chihuly's work is often spectacular. On the other hand, I once had a conversation about Chihuly with an artist I know and respect; some of his work hangs in our office. His two word review of the glassmaker: too easy. He's got a point. De gustibus non est disputandum.

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12 comments:

cieldequimper said...

In Tacoma in April I saw some wonders by Chihuly. This is fantastic.

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lewi14 said...

What a wonderful sunny gate and what a great work. If you cross the gate you'll get a sunny disposition. I wish you a sunny day.

brattcat said...

I'm not certain "too easy" are the words I'd use to describe Chihuly's work. Down in Florida there is an enchanting exhibit of his glass creations. This image of yours is pretty enchanting, too.

Luis Gomez said...

Beautiful!

Virginia said...

I love Chihuly. We have some fabulous flowers hanging in the entrance of our museum here, believe it or not..
THat one looks a lot like my hair when I'm in Paris and it's drizzly all the time! HA
V

PerthDailyPhoto said...

Hi there from Perth, Australia. I have just spent a very pleasant twenty minutes scrolling down and taking in your images. Your previous post about the devastating tornado and equally horrific results was terrifying,to look out you window and see something like that ,I can't even begin to imagine. The hailstones yes, we had one similar in Perth last year so much damage and even two deaths. In contrast, the gates here are so much fun, wonder how they would stand up to rough weather though?

Kate said...

I know several glassblowers whom I respect, and I think I'll get their reaction on "too easy." Easy or not, I'd LOVE to own a few Chihuly's. The exhibitions I've seen take my breath away!

Steffe said...

Easy for some. Looks great.

Sharon said...

Next time I make a trip to St. Louis, I have to make sure I visit here. I certainly visit the one in Phoenix often enought! I'm there so often I'm surprised they haven't offered me a job yet.

JM said...

I thought of Chihuly the minute I saw this gate. Fantastic!

Oakland Daily Photo said...

How is this glass protected when the weather turns foul? Wouldn't hail or rain damage it?

Nathalie said...

Oakland DP has a point - what's the answer to that? Or is the work less fragile than we think?

Now for the "too easy" bit. Yes they said the same about Picasso. Yet no-one before him ever expressed his or her creativity the way he did. I believe the same applies to Chihuly : while some of his artworks may now appear fairly easy to replicate the whole spectrum of his ideas and creativity sets him miles apart from any other glass blowing artist.