Glass-blowing is an art form that I would consider to be the most complex in the sculpting world. Between the need for extreme temperatures and careful technique, it seems beyond me how such wonderful things can be created by glass-working artists, especially because it almost entirely has to be done while the glass is molten hot.
But what can come out of that heat is incredibly beautiful. From paperweights to landscape art, glass is a world of all shapes -- and colours. Considered the greatest living master of glass-working, Dale Chihuly's glass creations show us just that. From warm yellow and bold reds to oceanic teals and deep sky blues, the spectrum of his work is boundless. Looking at Chihuly's collection of Basket creations and Seaforms is enough to show us his extensive colour palette, while his work plays at the pre-conceived notions we have of what glass is.
But it's not like Chihuly to work on a small scale. With dozens of installations across the country, he's made wonderfully vivid designs to temporarily stand in the famed botanical gardens. Part of the series Glass and Gardens visited New York's Botanical Gardens last year and the glass creations range from floral look-alikes to dazzling sun-inspired chandeliers. Seen below are some photos of his work in New York.
To observe more of Chihuly's masterful creations and learn about the man behind the coloured glass, visit his website or find an installation near you to bask in appreciation of their form and vivid colours.