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Born, 1941, Tacoma, Washington, Dale Chihuly is the preeminent glass artist in the United States and internationally. Throughout his career he has been at the forefront of new ideas in glass making, and has single-handedly popularized the studio glass movement in the United States and abroad. He studied interior design at the University of Washington, took weaving classes and experimented with melting glass in order to weave small pieces of the glass into the tapestries. He also spent time working for an architectural firm. He went on to receive his B.F.A. from the University of Washington and an M.S. degree in sculpture from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, the first glass program in the United States. Chihuly continued his studies at the Rhode Island School of Design, Providence.In 1971, he co-founded Pilchuck Glass School in Washington where many artists learn new ways to use the art of glass in their own work. The team process became particularly helpful to Chihuly when in 1976 an automobile accident left him sightless in one eye. Now collaborating with artists, glass blowers, architects and engineers from all over the world not only inspires him but allows him to execute his expansive artistic concepts.

Chihuly pieces can be found in the permanent collections of over two hundred museums world wide including the Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington D.C., Musée des Arts Décoratifs, Palais du Louvre, Paris and the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.

Photo: Dale Chihuly


The Cerritos Library’s 6-part installation by artist Dale Chihuly is a mix of dazzling blown glass wall sconces. Looking like sea anemones, wild flower arrangements or spun sugar candies, these glass figures display lyrical lines and sensuous, lambent amber tones which grace the Library's "Main Street." The work incorporates hybrid forms from a distinguished series that Chihuly began in 1995, a two-year international project entitled Chihuly Over Venice. With the assistance of glass factories in Finland, Ireland and Mexico, the project produced 14 Chandeliers which were placed at various sites over the canals of Venice.

Location: Entrance to the Craftsman Area

Blown glass and steel installation of 6 sconces comprised of 350-400 individual glass elements. Overall dimensions: 120 inches by 222 inches.


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