PBS spotlights ‘Chihuly in the Desert’ glass exhibit at Taliesin West

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July 15, 2022

By Kari Dickinson

A recent exhibit by UW-Madison alumnus Dale Chihuly was featured on PBS News Weekend in a segment which is titled, “Glass Artist Dale Chihuly’s Exhibit Inspired by Arizona’s Desert Landscape.”

Chihuly earned her MFA from the School of Education Art department in 1967.

“Fire Amber Herons” by Chihuly, 2021, at Taliesin West, Scottsdale, Arizona

The episode highlights Chihuly’s installations at Frank Lloyd Wright’s iconic Winter Home, Taliesin Westin the foothills of the McDowell Mountains outside of Scottsdale, Arizona, and in Desert Botanical Garden in Phoenix, Arizona. Chihuly’s work was exhibited from December 2021 to June 19, 2022.

Chihuly is the first artist to be allowed to exhibit his work at Taliesin West. “It’s a dream come true,” Chihuly says in the segment. “Taliesin West is such an incredible complex, and it is truly a great honor to be able to do (this) installation.

The segment explains that it took four years of work and redesigning between the team at Taliesin in Arizona and Chihuly’s studio in Seattle – where thousands of mouth-blown glass pieces were made – to give life at the show.

Entitled “Chihuly in the desert”, the exhibition aimed to combine art and architecture in an unprecedented experience. Like Wright, Chihuly draws inspiration from the natural world.

“The idea was to really work in concert with nature, to notice nature first, to appreciate the environment, the works and the architecture of the site in a way that was complementary and not dissonant with the beautiful natural environment. “says Leslie Chihuly, who is Dale’s wife and the head of his studio and workshop.

“I think it’s really a dance of warmth and light and it’s a dance of vision,” she adds. “And it’s a dance of experimentation, of play, of building ideas.”

For more on “Chihuly in the Desert” at Taliesin West and the Desert Botanical Garden, check out the full segment on PBS News Weekend. here.

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