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Desert Botanical Garden: Chihuly, Part 3

In the Sybil B. Harrington Cactus and Succulent Gallery we encountered two "Polyvitro Chandeliers" — the first quite tall, climbing almost to the roof. The colors are striking and the arrangement resembling colorful balloons ascending into the sky.

Surprisingly, these balls are not glass. Allow the artist to explain — "There are four materials I work with: glass, plastic, water and ice. Those are really the only transparent materials of any scale. Polyvitro is the name that I coined for a type of polymer we created. I’ve done several projects casting resins or polymer for site-specific projects and hope to explore new ways of using it, ways nobody else would think of. The Polyvitro doesn’t replicate what I can do in glass. It’s a totally different material, and it has enabled me to create artwork on a whole new scale and level. One reason I use it is because it weighs much less than glass. Once again, it depends on the size, scale, and location of the work, whether it be an indoor or outdoor public installation."

At night, these spheres really come alive.

Love 'em.

Previously, I shared photos of "Red Reeds" — here are the "Yellow Reeds". They catch the sun nicely and really stand out from the desert vegetation in the background.

And with the nighttime lighting, they seem to shout, "Look at us!"

One of the joys of a Chihuly exhibit is that he offers multiple displays of some artwork so you can enjoy it in different settings. Here are multicolored "Cattails" in one spot...

...and more in a different spot. Notice in the background are even more, just barely visible through the vegetation.

Illuminated at night, they really make a dramatic statement...

...especially where the lighting illuminates the desert flora to juxtapose natural and Chihuly-made art.

To be continued...

Life is good.

B. David

P. S., All photos and text © B. David Cathell Photography, Inc. — www.bdavidcathell.com