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.