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This is it! I've given up work -retired from the rat race and am about to start on a 10 year adventure, doing all those things I've been meaning to do but never had the time to do them. I've offloaded my responsibilities and it is now my time. So follow my adventures and see whether I actually manage anything!



Monday, 12 January 2015

Chihuly's chandelier

The wonderfully ornate entrance to the Victoria and Albert Museum, London,


 with the statues of Inspiration and Knowledge on either side.




Once inside you are greeted by this magnificent chandelier which many of you (especially if you have been to Seattle) will recognise as the work of Dale Chihuly.

 He has designed a series of chandeliers but this one was specifically designed for this entrance in 2001.  Made from blown glass and steel, it weighs 1724 kilos.


 I was careful not to stand beneath it!


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25 comments:

  1. Good plan not standing under that very heavy chandelier. It is beautiful, although I am not sure what it represents. The green hues from a distance remind me of a tangle of grasses or garden snakes? :)

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  2. very impressive. I saw a lot of glass chandelier ... this one is very huge.

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  3. I am obsessed with Chihuly!! Lots of his work here in Vegas.

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  4. I can't say it fits in with the ambiance there.

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  5. Not sure I like that chandelier. Looks like a monstrosity to me.

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  6. In and of itself -- I like it. It doesn't seem to be at home there, though.

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  7. Wow - that is quite a chandelier! Love it!

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  8. The chandelier is so fanciful. I like it.

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  9. His work is beautiful and recognizable... We have been to his studio/workshop. It's actually in Tacoma, Seattle's lesser-known stepsister, but a nice smaller city ... (My son lives there).

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  10. No I wouldn't have stood under a chandelier weighing 1724 kilos ... it's pretty to look at but waaay.... too heavy to be hanging from any ceiling, I like how the light catches the coloured swirls.

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  11. I love Chihuly, a true original. That's a great place for one!

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  12. Gorgeous entrance and what an amazing glass sculpture.

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  13. The chandelier is amazing. Great place to visit I am sure.

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  14. I didn't know the work of Dale Chihuly but have just checked out his web site. . Fascinating! Loved the ornate entrance and the statues of Inspiration and Knowledge as well. Very interesting post. Thanks so much!

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  15. It is a wonderful piece of Art but does it suit its environment?

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  16. I'll admit to never having heard of Dale Chihuly. He clearly has original ideas. I'm a little with Diane b as the chandelier seems out of place in V&A and should be in a museum of modern art? Unless of course the V&A has lots of modern art anyway - I see another post on the way.

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  17. What a beautiful museum and the Chihuly chandelier is gorgeous..I wonder the same as Diane's comment above..Have a happy day!

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  18. Yes, it is sure beautiful! I visited the Chihuly Museum in Seattle last week, and the Chandelier Room has several similar to this. I love his work. :-)

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  19. Great photos and what an event for you to view!

    Happy Week to you,
    artmusedog and carol
    ps. late in posting this week!

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  20. I hope I get to the Victoria and Albert Museum one day. The entry way is gorgeous.

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  21. That is a wholesome chandelier! I would step aside as well.

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  22. Wow - that's an impressive entrance and wonderful statues on the sides. Thank you for continuing to share your adventures!

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  23. Recently viewed Dale Chihuly's work at the Franklin Park Conservatory in Columbus, Ohio.. Always enjoy your posts.

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