Year 7-Dale Chihuly

Over the course of five decades, Chihuly has explored new and old techniques, pushing the boundaries of contemporary art. He draws inspiration from the world around him, creating statements using colour and form to capture the imagination, and catapult beyond conventional ideas of function and beauty. Chihuly’s methods for creating his artwork is an organic form where the glass can find it’s own shape and symmetry.

This piece of artwork is called Isola di San Giacomo in Palude Chandelier II, and is made from hand blown glass. Dale Chihuly is one of the most famous American art glass sculptors. This piece of artwork was donated in 2001 to the Milwaukee Art Museum for a more lively piece in the open area of Calatrava‚Äôs white museum design.

Student examples of work inspired by Dale Chihuly


Look at the images of reeds on the left to inspire your own Chihuly style sculpture. Paint the inside of one or more plastic bottles and cut off into strips (see image above) and arrange into a sculpture.