Chihuly’s brilliance just leaves me saying, “wow” over and over again. The shapes. The colors. The organic nature of his work. Amazing. One of the things that surprised me on a visit to the Chihuly Garden and Glass were his “drawings.” Apparently, after losing sight in his left eye and hurting his shoulder, Chihuly gave up his gaffer duties and began drawing to communicate his ideas to his team. I’m not certain why he calls them drawings as he’s really painting with liquid pigment “squeezed from plastic bottles to suggest the ways that different colors of molten glass merge and mingle.” But as you can see here from this shot of one of the drawing walls, the drawings are every bit as interesting as his glass. And it’s fascinating to compare the drawings with the final sculptures.
“You can more directly sense my energy in my drawings than in any other way. And from the very beginning, the drawings were done, as my glass is done, very quickly, very fast.”