at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew [58 mins]
For his first botanical garden exhibition outside of the United States,
Dale Chihuly indulges his perpetual fascination with glasshouses by
installing an elaborate collection of glass at the Royal Botanic Gardens,
Kew. Inside grand Victorian conservatories and amongst outdoor plant
collections, these twenty-five installations come together to transform
completely the 132-hectare (some 325 acres) World Heritage Site.
Elaborate orange and yellow Asymmetrical Towers accent the entrance
to Kew’s elegant Palm House and a brilliant Sun adorns the modern
Princess of Wales Conservatory. Brightly colored Walla Wallas rest
in an outdoor lake and graceful Herons rise from a calm waterlily
pond. Many other works nestle within planting beds to surprise visitors
expecting to see purely botanical beauty.
Altogether, these vivid colors and otherworldly shapes placed against
Kew’s magnificent landscape make the Gardens of Glass: Chihuly at
Kew exhibition a captivating and memorable experience.
2006 - Portland Press - USA
and Glass [58 mins]
Dale Chihuly’s decades of exploring the relationship of glass and
nature reach a zenith in 2002 at Chicago’s historic Garfield Park
Conservatory. Follow behind the scenes as Chihuly and his team create
and install glass sculptures among the plants at the revitalized
urban conservatory. Ultimately, over 600,000 people visited what
may be the perfect setting to experience Chihuly’s organic work.
2004 - Portland Press - USA
Chihuly Short Cuts (86 mins)
Spanning a decade of Dale Chihuly's odyssey to push the limits of modern glass, these fourteen short films travel through hotshops, exhibitions and installations around the world.
Presenting footage from well-known projects, this collection also includes some lesser-known work that will surprise even the most avid follower.
2004 - Portland Press - USA
at the V&A [56 mins]
"Dale Chihuly's extravagant glass sculptures have won him fans in
the US from Bill Gates to the Clintons to Frasier. Now his work
has come to the UK for a major exhibition."
This program documents the outstandingly successful exhibition
at London's famed Victoria and Albert Museum. It follows the exhibition's
development from Chihuly's ideas, through the glass-making process
and resulting in the delivery of 40 containers of glass and armatures
requiring a team of 14 assistants two weeks to install.
"Significantly, Chihuly's glass–and the man himself–generates an
excitement and a degree of attention that most other artists rarely
approach. His glass is distinctive and grandly conceived, and his
fame has been achieved through his growth as an artist as well as
the overwhelming public response to his work." - Jennifer Hawkins
Opie, V&A Curator.
2002 - Portland Press - USA
Chihuly and the
Masters of Venice [58 mins]
At Dale Chihuly's invitation, two of the great Italian glass masters
began a series of visits to the United States. Chihuly worked with
them individually and then together - something that the competitive
climate of Venice forbids - in a series of historic glassblowing
Chihuly created the atmosphere and spark that inspired these brilliant
artists to step out of the traditional concept of glasss and push
the limits of their creativity. In this program, watch as Dale Chihuly
and glassmaking masters Lino Tagliapietra (master glassblower) and
Pino Signoretto (renowned hot glass sculptor) combine there inimitable
talents. Together with Lino and Pino, Chihuly creates a new form
radically different from his other glass series.
2001 - Portland Press - USA
Chihuly in the Light of Jerusalem (57 mins)
As a tribute to the new millenium, Dale Chihuly leads an international team in mounting large-scale installations in Jerusalem's ancient Tower of David. The amazing success of the exhibition prompts Chihuly to return with sixty-four tons of Alaska ice to create the symbolic Jerusalem Wall of Ice.
1999 - Portland Press - USA
Chihuly in Charlotte [ 30 mins] - The preparation and installation
of the Chihuly exhibit in Charlotte, North Carolina, USA
Dale Chihuly: River
of Glass [90 mins]
Biomorphic glass forms floating down a Finnish river; transparent
green and amethyst spears leaning against ancient Irish dolmens,
exotic iridescent blossoms blooming in a Mexican factory, and an
extravaganza of faceted crystal reaching upward in the Doges Palace
in Venice are all part of the Chihuly over Venice project chronicled
in River of Glass.
This 90 minute program begins with the first blowing session in
Nuutajarvi, Finland, and follows Chihuly and his team to Waterford,
Ireland; Monterrey, Mexico and finally to Venice. The beauty of
the glass works installed in each venue is sensitively and evocatively
documented by Michael Barnard as director, chief photographer and
editor. Through interviews with the artist and many of those involved
with this project, River of Glass reveals Chihuly’s creative process
as he draws, directs, and demands the best of his team.
More information: www.chihuly.com
See also Chihuly in the Hotshop (90 mins) HDTV
See also Chihuly Over Venice (90 mins) HDTV