Dale Chihuly explained the change in a 2006 interview, saying “Once I stepped back, I liked the view…” He pointed out that it allowed him to see the work from more perspectives and enabled him to anticipate problems faster.

Chihuly describes his role as “more choreographer than dancer, more supervisor than participant, more director than actor.”

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In 1976, while Chihuly was in England, he was involved in a head-on car accident during which he flew through the windshield. His face was severely cut by glass and he was blinded in his left eye. After recovering, he continued to blow glass until he dislocated his right shoulder in a 1979 bodysurfing accident. No longer able to hold the glass blowing pipe, he hired others to do the work.

The Seattle Times reported that Chihuly estimated sales by 2004 was $29 million. Read more on Wikipedia

Jet Eliot did a series of Chihuly’s Museum with beautiful photos of his large-scale of work, take a look. Don’t miss her recent post — The Night the Elephants Came to Visit


41 thoughts on “Chihuly

  1. That’s quite a story – how he was able to figure out a way to keep working after his accident. Reminds me of how Chuck Close continued to work after his back injury.


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  3. Fascinating artwork,most vibrant colours,dear Amy .So sad to hear about the horrible accidents he had.Nevertheless,he found his way again in order to give life to his inspirations;that’s great !


  4. The Phoenix Botanical Garden is hosting a special Chuhuly venue that I hope to check out when I return to Phx in March. Thanks for sharing that background on him. I always wondered about that eye patch.🙂


    • I apologize for the delay of replying your comment, I almost miss it…. It good to know that his works are displayed in various cities. Thank you for stopping by, Ingrid!


  5. I have never heard this background story on Chihuly! He is so amazing. I have seen his amazing work at the Bellagio in Las Vegas, and that was the first time I really immersed myself in studying his style and form–and fabulous color! I’m glad to know a little bit more about him.🙂


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