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 Gallery—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.