The Chihuly Collection at the Morean Arts Center in St. Petersburg, Florida is the first selection of art by Dale Chihuly to be housed in a building designed specifically for work by this glass artist. Designed by Alberto Alfonso, the space was transformed from a 10,000-square-foot concrete shell into 12 individual environments for Chihuly's work. "These 'dreams' first realized in delicate watercolors by Alfonso, are transitioned by a series of deep portals. Chihuly's glass and works on paper exist on a pathway of apertures, anticipatory views, kaleidoscope reflections of fluid light and undulating curves. The sensuous folds of the Chandelier Room trace an Alvar Aalto vase turned upside down. Brilliant Mille Fiori are displayed on an elevated oval plinth, with Romanesque beams above to herald a contemplative chapel. The Float Boat drifts on ink black Venetian canal, a buoyant celebration of Carnevale."
Chandeliers - Morean Arts Center, St. Petersburg, FL
Mille Fiori (detail), 2010 - Morean Arts Center, St. Petersburg, FL
Float Boat, 2010 - Morean Arts Center, St. Petersburg, FL
Photos by Terry Rishel