Dale Chihuly: Mille Fiori
May 3, 2003 – January 18, 2004
Dale Chihuly, a Tacoma native, is internationally renowned for his dazzling array of hanging, freestanding, and wall-mounted glass works, often created to the scale of architectural sculpture. Mille Fiori, a thousand flowers, is a glass garden of bold and unexpected forms, rich and vibrant in color. Elements of the site-specific installation range in size from six inches to more than 25 feet in height.
This site-specific installation inaugurated the Annette B. Weyerhaeuser Galleryâ€”the museum’s largest and most soaring new gallery space. His glass garden takes its cues from the building’s use of light and unique architectural style. Mille Fiori flourishes with a variety of glass elements, such as Neodymium Reeds, Green Fiddleheads, Black Saguaros, and Niijima Floats. This exhibition is generously supported by Mellon.