I spent the weekend in Richmond, Virginia with my best friend…
We met up on Friday and did the Canal Walk:
There are murals all over Richmond. These were right by the water:
We walked along the cobblestone streets in Shockoe Slip and had dinner at The Urban Farmhouse Market and Café…
We stopped off at Sub Rosa Bakery in Church Hill for a little snack.
“With Bread all sorrows are less.” – Miguel de Cervantes “Don Quixote”
We met up with a friend at The Jefferson Hotel:
There used to be real alligators in the marble pool around the statue of Mr. Jefferson.
We had high tea:
We went to Carytown next:
I love this bookstore…
and this idea:
We spent our last day in Richmond at the fabulous Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. The building and grounds are as wonderful as the art inside…
Red Reeds, Dale Chihuly
Large Leaping Hare, Barry Flanagan
Dale Chihuly (b. 1941) is an American artist whose medium is glass. I first encountered his work in the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, where I saw this spectacular 30 foot high chandelier hanging from the ceiling in the main entrance:
After studying interior design at the University of Washington and art at the University of Wisconsin and the Rhode Island School of Design, Chihuly received a Fulbright Fellowship to study glass blowing in Venice. Upon his return to the States, he helped found the Pilchuk Glass School in Washington State.
After a car accident caused him to become blind in one eye and a bodysurfing injury left him unable to hold a glass blowing pipe, he began working collaboratively with a team of artists who help him create the elaborate installations for which he is known.
We went to see the Chihuly exhibit, which is in its final week at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts in Richmond, Virginia.
“Fiori and Float Boats” features two wooden rowboats filled with glass, beautifully displayed on a reflective black surface.
The stunning Persian Ceiling is lit from above. The glass elements rest on a flat glass pane:
And another view:
In this series, Chihuly’s mission was to use as many colors as possible:
And finally: “Laguna Torcello,” Chihuly’s “homage to Venice.” This is one in a series of “Mille Fiori” (thousand flowers) glass garden installations, and the largest platform installation he’s ever assembled:
Check out the Chihuly app for the iPhone, which allows you to have the experience of “blowing glass”: