I find myself in Grand Rapids, MI this week where I first saw a Chihuly at the Steelcase campus almost a decade ago. I have seen his work since in Vegas, in St Petersburg and elsewhere and I am glad the whole family wanted to go see his showcase center in Seattle on our recent trip (he was born in nearby Tacoma).
If you find yourself in the vicinity, the art and his Collections Café there are worth a visit. The café has all kinds of his collections from his global travel since – bottle openers, accordions etc.
His work has led me to be a lot more inquisitive about glass as art form – a trip to glassworks in Murano near Venice, Tiffany’s work at the Met, stained glass in several European churches.
It also led me to profile Corning’s Gorilla Glass in The New Technology Elite.
Corning, of course, has an expansive view of glass in the future as the video below shows.
Makes you wonder what the next-gen Chihuly’s will be creating.