August 11, 2010

Chihuly! <-Say it With Jazz Hands!

In a break from our normal kinds of posts here at Holyoke Home, I'm writing this week about my trip home to Grand Rapids, Michigan. In addition to visiting Lake Michigan, we also saw an indoor and outdoor glass installation at the Frederick Meijer Botanical Gardens by Dale Chihuly (for some reason, I always want to say his name loud with jazz hands: CHIHULY! As if there is automatically an exclamation point at the end.)
Not to totally cheese out on y'all, but aren't these awesome?

23 comments:

  1. I'm not feeling cheesed out at all - they are stunning! I particularly like #5.

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  2. Jazz hands in the morning make me happy! Thanks for sharing...

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  3. So beautiful!

    I'm doing a little jazz hand box step right now!

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  4. Yay! I saw this guy's work in England in Kew Gardens in 2005. It's a little cheesy, but I like how he incorporates his work in with the landscape and surrounding plants. I can't imagine making those really huge and intricate ones!

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  5. HOLY WOW!!! LOVE those gorgeous pictures!

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  6. These are awesome! I don't think there's anything cheese about this stuff.

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  7. Your photography is exquisite!! Thanks for sharing it!

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  8. Those are amazing! What a beautiful exhibit! I love the color integrate with nature!

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  9. I love Dale CHIHULY'S!!! work. It is amazing. Did you know that he does not actually do the glass blowing himself? He designs all of the pieces, and hovers while someone else does the glass blowing (he can't because he got hurt years ago). I find that information quite interesting, personally.

    PS I have been a quiet follower for almost a month now. I love your blog!

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  10. Lovely! I saw his work in AZ last summer at the Phoenix Botanical Gardens, he really is amazing. I see that one of the pieces from that show (Saffron Tower) made it to the Michigan show, here is a pic I took of it lit up at night. You could see it from the nearby road, alone and towering in the night desert, and it was pretty cool: http://www.flickr.com/photos/robinsegg0523/3544266246/

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  11. Everything sounds exciting with Jazz Hands!! But these photos are truly amazing- thanks for sharing them:)

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  12. COOL! I like the red sticks on the hill :)

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  13. I've seen that exhibit a few times at the Gardens. Your pics turned out great, but it's even more amazing in person.

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  14. That is so cool! I'd love to see it in person but your pics are amazing and I feel like I have! Thanks!

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  15. Love these! Thanks so much for sharing. the red sticks around the tree stuck with me - amazing art.

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  16. Looks good´

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  17. Jazz hands are perfect for Chihuly! Thanks for sharing these! My Wordless Wednesday yesterday was Chihuly's glass topped piano, which I got to see at the 2008 Philadelphia Flower Show!

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  18. I absolutely love his work and your photography beautifully captures it as well! Thank you so much for sharing, I have seen his work many times in Columbus Ohio and if anyone gets the chance you must see it in person, the colors and complexity of the glass is brilliant. His ceiling at the Bellagio in Las Vegas is exquisite. Thank u so much you made my day!

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  19. http://www.chihuly.com/installations/franklin/oview001.html

    his work at the columbus conservatory, so inspiring

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  20. Those pictures are fantastic!!

    Stopping by from SITS.

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  21. Wow! What an amazing exhibit!

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  22. Whoa. This is awesome!

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  23. I think I have all these same pictures on my camera; you'll recall I live in GR. I loved the Chihuly exhibit so much. And I can't understand how all that blown glass survived the outdoors.

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