The largest Chihuly glass art exhibition, “Chihuly Garden and Glass” will open in the Spring of 2012 at the Seattle Center with 4500 sculpture installations. As a great craftsman of glass, Chihuly uses the natural light passing through its material to gesture the motion and line in a flowing manner. His great skill in exploring the potential of glass for grand visual experiences is well known.
For the Macchia series, he added the colors layer by layer through the blowing process. Due to the unpredictable nature of the process in the oven, surprising combinations of colors came out as “splotches”. That is when Chihuly discovered the importance of white to pop the interior and exterior colors:
“Most people don’t realize it, but blowing a piece with a range of colors is extremely difficult because each color attracts and retains the heat differently. Over time we figured out these technical complexities and the Macchia began to increase in size. Eventually the pieces got up to four feet in diameter, and with them I felt for the first time that a single piece of my glass could hold its own in a room.”
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