For years, I thought the mystery was the molten glass, but the magic is the light.
I’m reluctant to put quotes around these words because I think I’ve done a poor job of remembering them word for word, but this is the essence of one quote I read on the wall of the Musée des beaux-arts in Montreal on Friday. It’s a lesson for me, a reminder, that wisdom lies not in the content of things, but in experience and the senses. It’s not the glass that makes Dale Chihuly’s work amazing (though the scale of some of these works is amazing when you consider it is all made from handblown glass) … it’s the way it captures the light and projects a feast of colours for mind, body, and soul to experience.
“Utterly Breathtaking” is the epithet of this exhibit. The words are true but they fail to capture the true experience. Dale Chihuly and his blown glass are not a secret; his works have been exhibited around the world and his pieces are in many public places … but if you haven’t seen one of his installations, this is a trek, and an experience, you don’t want to miss ….