DALE CHIHULY (b. 1941)
Untitled200011 x 22 x 15 in. glass
DescriptionLike much of Dale Chihuly’s artwork, this six piece glass set is a play on the form and sensory effects created by sea life. A lovely pink hue is broken by amber tones emanating from the delicate spine of a clamshell and the sea life nestled within it. The gentle grooves of the shell breath life into the glass, as if suspended within water and ebbing and flowing with the current.
These sea forms are the result of chance. Chihuly was experimenting with ribbed molds while working on his Basket series. In creating the ribbed molds, the forms looked similar to sea shells. At this point, according to Chihuly, "I changed the name of the series to Seaforms, which suited me just fine in that I love to walk along the beach and go to the ocean. And glass itself, of course, is so much like water. If you let it go on its own, it almost ends up looking like something that came from the sea.”