Ten years ago there was an outdoor exhibit of Dale Chihuly’s glass works at Cheekwood, Nashville’s botanical garden and art museum, which is one of those places you should see if you’re ever in the area. My wife and I went and it was fun—Chihuly’s works are weird and gorgeous and it’s amazing to think that they’re all glass. And it’s even more amazing that I used to know a woman in charge of installing art works at the Vanderbilt University Medical Center and she dropped a Chihuly bowl and it broke and she just quietly said, “Well, there goes five thousand dollars.”
Anyway there’s another Chihuly exhibit at Cheekwood now. It’s not exactly new—some of the works are very much the same, but this time we went at night which made them seem very different.
Ten years ago the Fiori Boat exhibit was in the main pond at the bottom of the hill. Now it’s been placed in the reflecting pool next to the house and, well, it just seems too gaudy, too busy. The pond now has the Blue Polyvitro Crystals which is my favorite of all the works on display. Most Chihuly works are loud, over the top, even excessive, but the Crystals are quieter, almost subtle, casting an ethereal reflection.