Thursday, August 6, 2009

Art in unexpected places


“Macchia” by Dale Chihuly, 1981 - 1984.

While visiting the Tennessee Aquarium in Chattanooga a few days ago, I came across several wonderful windows of glass forms by master glass artist Dale Chihuly and others in the aquarium’s jellyfish exhibition. Of course, while I was examining the jellyfish, I was thinking about how to create them in fiber, rather than in glass! I took some great photos of the jellyfish to use in some of my future work.

How nice that an aquarium would include these artists’ work in their exhibition, exposing all who walked by to a little art, and perhaps making them think about the jellyfish in a different way. It was a wonderful marriage.


“Macchia” by Dale Chihuly, 1981 - 1984.


“Jellies” by Thomas Spake, 2009.


“Screamers” by Stephen Rolfe Powell, 2007 - 2008.

I also found wonderful patterns on turtles, colors on fish, and inspiration from the architecture, plants, butterflies and simply from the flowing water in the tanks. The Tennessee Aquarium is spectacular; don’t miss it if you are passing by.

4 comments:

  1. Lovely glass pieces. I just finished a jellyfish in felt and machine stitching. I love going to aquariums for inspiration!

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  2. ooh, sounds wonderful. I have some ideas for my jellyfish piece, but it will be a while before I can find time for it! deadlines, deadlines.

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  3. I too was at an aquarium this week and took pictures of jelly fish to use in a quilt. Also took pictures of sea dragons and sea horses.

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  4. I love the leafy sea dragons, too! They are one of my favorite sea creatures. I couldn't get close enough to their tank this time; too many kids crowded around.

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