Day Trippers – Part 2

OK, Kids!

Right this way . . . .

We’re about to view an eye-popping display of COLOR and SIZE and incredible BEAUTY!


Welcome to the exhibit of glass artist extraordinaire, Dale Chihuly. Dubbed the most famous glass artist since Louis Comfort Tiffany, Chihuly has forever changed the art of delicate blown glass over the last four decades – propelling it into a world of large-scale sculpture that is simply breath-taking to behold!


Almost there, just down these steps . . .


In this first vignette, the wall is quite large and covered with glass in shades of autumn. The lighting creates a warm reflective glow that beckons us to enter the gallery for this show called:

Through The Looking Glass

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Talk about amazing! Here we have a life-sized boat filled with a myriad of glass objects, including trailing lily pads! The room is quite dark except for the lighting that dances on the boat – which is set on a highly reflective surface. So very beautiful!


This made me gasp! We are now in a room where the entire ceiling is made of wooden beams and large panels of clear glass upon which hundreds of pieces of art glass are resting.


Rainbows of color reflect on the walls and the overall scene is dazzling.

This photo courtesy of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston


I didn’t think there could be anything to top what we’ve already seen. I was wrong. Walking through this room is a step into another world – a fairy tale land, perhaps, or a magical planet.


Gosh, there’s still a bit more to see, and afterwards I want to take you all to lunch, but this story is getting long again!

I promise to wrap up our day in Part 3.

Please stay tuned! πŸ™‚

~All photos by Sir Beads except as noted.




Day Trippers – Part 2 — 10 Comments

  1. What a nice surprise! Here in Ohio, The Franklin Park Conservatory had a Chihuly exhibit here in Columbus in 2003. After the closing, the Conservatory purchased most of the pieces making it the largest collection owned by a conservatory or botanical garden in the country. The pieces are beautiful. I’m anxious to see what’s for lunch!

    Thanks for the trip, Crystal.

  2. You’re welcome, Sir Beads Brother πŸ˜€
    Thank you for commenting!
    Next time we visit, I hope you’ll show us the Conservatory’s collection!

  3. Holy Cow!! I would have wanted a blanket on the floor to just lay there and look up at that ceiling. Its a marvelous exhibit and you are so lucky to be able to see it. Thanks for sharing. AND, I can imagine what a nice day it was taking a drive, visiting the museum and lunch. I love those quiet days with Terry, too.

    Now, on to lunch!
    xx, Carol

  4. (Psst, Crystal. That man is on here again.) You are going to have to issue him a pass to our Girl’s Clubhouse. πŸ˜€

    The glass artwork is stunningly beautiful. My eyes sure got a workout!! And awesome photos.

  5. They had a Chihuly exhibit at our botanical garden and at night they lit it up. It was just beautiful with the flowers, plants, lights, and glass.

    I would bring my accupressure mat and stare at the ceiling too, it would be so relaxing.

    These photos are absolutely breathtaking. Thank you so much for sharing your journey. I cannot wait to see the rest of the photos. I hope you and Sir Beads are enjoying retirement.

  6. How beautiful! I wish the exhibit would come to Memphis; your pictures were fabulous but I’m sure in real life it is even more so.
    Can’t wait to see what is for lunch—I’m getting hungry!

    Thanks so much for sharing!! So much fun!

  7. LOL, Donna. I know you are teasing!
    I gave him a pass quite a while ago… I’m very glad he has decided to use it! πŸ˜€
    It’s so nice to hear the male point of view!

  8. Oh my goodness Crystal, how gorgeous! All the colors are just breathtaking! … and Sir Beads is quite the photographer! πŸ™‚

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