Chihuly’s glass art is enhanced when lighted at night at Biltmore
The various shades of lighted. colored glass art by Chihuly at Biltmore
The soft brilliance of Chihuly glass lighted up at Biltmore in Asheville, North Carolina
Chihuly first filled boats with glass in Nuutajärvi, Finland, during the “Chihuly Over Venice” project in 1995. After several days of glassblowing, Chihuly started tossing glass forms into the Nuutajoki river to see how they would look in the environment. As the glass floated downstream it was retrieved in wooden boats by local teenagers, inspiring Chihuly to begin massing forms into wooden boats, creating what would become the Boat series.
Named for the island of Niijima in Tokyo Bay, and for the small Japanese fishing floats Chihuly would find on the shores of Puget Sound as a child, Niijima Floats are very likely the largest glass spheres ever blown (up to 40 inches in diameter and up to 80 pounds). The Floats are generally displayed in groups, either indoors or outdoors. New Floats were blown for the Biltmore exhibition.
Variations of Chihuly glass sculptures at Pergola Garden Fiori at Biltmore, Asheville, North Carolina
Chihuly’s first concept form for his Chandeliers premiered at the 1992 Seattle Art Museum exhibition. The series, which reflects the artist’s longtime interest in architecture, was further explored and perfected during preparation for Chihuly Over Venice, an ambitious two-year project.
Chandeliers can be made from as many as 1,000 individual pieces of glass. The elements that comprise Chandeliers can be bulbous, long and twisted, short and spiraled, and even frog-footed. Carefully arranged and attached to a
specially-designed steel armature, the many forms combine to create an intricate suspended composition.
Here is the Burnished Amber, Citron, and Teal Chandelier at Biltmore made in 2017.