Chihuly at the Missouri Botanical Gardens

By Timothy R Butler | Posted at 6:07 AM

Today marked the second time I've had the pleasure of seeing an exhibit featuring the glasswork and paintings of Dale Chihuly, the Seattle-based glass artist. This time was a bit unique: the setting was at the Missouri Botanical Gardens, the beautiful park of exotic (and not so exotic) gardens founded by Henry Shaw over a century ago. Chihuly's works graced not only the main building, but also the gardens themselves, including the reflecting ponds. I did not pay the price of admission to go into the Climatron and see the main exhibit, although I plan to go back to see that.

I've posted some photos of the day in my photo gallery.

Re: Chihuly at the Missouri Botanical Gardens
My parents have gone to see this more than once. He did some wild stuff with glass!
Posted by Christopher - Aug 17, 2006 | 11:45 AM

Re: Chihuly at the Missouri Botanical Gardens
Great stuff! A lot of good glass comes out of Seattle. Chuihuly is one of the best. I am a fan of stained glass - I grew up in New England and many old factories had stained glass ceilings in the lobbies and conference rooms. This was "whitesmith" work - the "lead" between the glass pieces was poured babbit metal. The whitesmiths would place the glass pieces on a sand table, mark the joints on the sand, remove them and push the sand to make grooves, and replace the glass. Then, pour babbit metal to join all the glass. The reverse side was hidden, so it could be ugly. But, the best whitesmiths could pour a line that was as uniform as cast came lead. My job allows me spare time, so I was planning on making stained glass crown molding for my study, and kitchen, etc. Back in the layoffs of the sixties, a bunch of former Boeing engineers created a glass company called Genesis Glass. They created some unusual colors and shadings, much like Chihuly's work, only flat sheets. Genesis Glass is gone, but the material can still be found.
Posted by Mike O - Aug 17, 2006 | 4:04 PM

Re: Chihuly at the Missouri Botanical Gardens
Christopher: yes, indeed! Have you seen it? It really is much more impressive in person. Mike: Yeah, Seattle has some great glass. It is rather tempting up there, since a lot of it isn't too expensive when you are in town either. I recall seeing driveways filled with the tumbled (and hence rounded) scraps from the glass shops for their driveways. The glass you talk about in New England sounds impressive. I'll have to go see that some day.
Posted by Timothy R. Butler - Aug 19, 2006 | 6:30 PM

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