dale chihuly: chihuly

if you live in san francisco, you might remember the spectacular chihuly exhibition at the de young museum and the legion of honor in 2008.

dale chihuly | chandelier room

chihuly at the de young | de young museum and the legion of honor | san francisco, CA | 14 jun-28 sept 2008

photo credit dale chihuly

so, of course, my husband, bob, and i looked forward to seeing chihuly at the halcyon gallery during our recent trip to london.

when i think of chihuly in london, i can’t help thinking about the dramatic 27 foot high chandelier in the reception rotunda at the victoria & albert museum (v&a), which remains on permanent display following the chihuly at the v&a exhibition in 2001.

dale chihuly | v&a chandelier | 2001

victoria & albert museum | london, united kingdom

photo credits lisa walsh | innerspace

but, what made chihuly at the halcyon gallery so engaging was the opportunity to get so close that you could have touched everything!  you could see how the chandeliers were assembled by hand wiring each of the individually made long, short, bulbous, twisted, or spiraled glass elements onto the cage-like interior armature.

dale chihuly | dusky sky chandelier

chihuly | halcyon gallery | 5 dec 2011-21 apr 2012 | london, united kingdom

photo credit halcyon gallery

dale chihuly | cranberry and clear chandelier

chihuly | halcyon gallery | 5 dec 2011-21 apr 2012 | london, united kingdom

photo credit halcyon gallery

you could also marvel at the amazing craftsmanship on a pair of cut glass sconces, made at the waterford crystal centre in ireland for the chihuly over venice project in 1995-1996.

dale chihuly | pair of waterford sconces

chihuly | halcyon gallery | 5 dec 2011-21 apr 2012 | london, united kingdom

photo credits matilde aguilera and halcyon gallery

or, the sculptural gold and quartz two tiered chandelier, made specifically for a stairwell in the gallery’s grade II listed building.

dale chihuly | gold and quartz two tiered chandelier

chihuly | halcyon gallery | 5 dec 2011-21 apr 2012 | london, united kingdom

photo credits halcyon gallery and halcyon gallery

the exhibition includes other site specific sculptures, such as a 24 foot mille fiore glass garden.

dale chihuly | mille fiore garden

chihuly | halcyon gallery | 5 dec 2011-21 apr 2012 | london, united kingdom

photo credit halcyon gallery

as well as chihuly’s signature botanical or aquatic sculptures, such as macchia, persians, and venetians, or seaforms and boats.

dale chihuly | sunset boat

chihuly | halcyon gallery | 5 dec 2011-21 apr 2012 | london, united kingdom

photo credit halcyon gallery

if you are in london, you ‘must see’ chihuly at the halcyon gallery.  if you can look, but not touch!

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