While vacationing in Orlando, we took a day trip to St.Petersburg, FL to visit the Chihuly Collection at the Morean Arts Center. I have been fascinated with Dale Chihuly's work since studying his pieces in my high school ceramics class and jumped at the opportunity to see more of his work.
Designed by Albert Alfonso, the 10,000 square foot Chihuly Collection was the first exhibit space designed to specifically showcase Chihuly's glass work. The permanent collection even features stunning large-scale pieces that have been previously showcased all over the world, from the canals of Venice to the galleries of London. Throughout the gallery, thoughtful and intentional architecture perfectly complements each glass masterpiece. The collection is an absolute must see, even for those who may be unfamiliar Chihuly's work. After all, it's easy for anyone to get lost in a sea of vibrant colors twisted into seemingly impossible arrangements. But I guess that's all just part of Chihuly's magic.
Cameras were not permitted inside of the actual exhibit, so I was only able to photograph the exterior and pieces that were available for purchase in the gift shop. I was, however, able to locate some outside photos of the gallery interior.
Photos of the actual exhibit via other websites:
Float Boat - the most mesmerizing aspect of the collection -
image via pommie travels
images via designboom