On View In:
Gallery 100
Artist:   Dale Chihuly  
Title:   Sunburst  
Date:   1999  
Medium:   Blown glass, neon, metal armature  
Dimensions:   120 in. (304.8 cm)  
Credit Line:   Gift of funds from Donna and Cargill MacMillan Jr.  
Location:   Gallery 100  

Since the 1960s, Dale Chihuly has pushed the limits of glass in all directions -- including color, scale, and display -- to form organic, sculptural environments. Chihuly studied at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the Rhode Island School of Design, where he experimented with glass, neon gas, steel, and Plexiglas. In 1968 a Fulbright scholarship allowed him to study at Venini Fabrica. There, he absorbed the ancient Venetian method of teamwork, in which glass masters work with assistants to produce a collaborative work. Chihuly brought the method back to RISD, and in the early 1980s, back to his home state of Washington. He centers his glassmaking and teaching activity in Seattle at his studio, The Boathouse, and the Pilchuck Glass School. Since losing an eye in a car accident in 1976, Chihuly now serves as designer and director of his collaborative works, no longer blowing glass himself. Sunburst is made up of more than 1,000 individual pieces of glass and 100 feet of neon tubing. It weighs more than 3,000 pounds.

Name:   Chihuly, Dale  
Role:   Maker  
Nationality:   American  
Life Dates:   American, born 1941  

Object Description  
Classification:   Glass (Do Not Use)  
Physical Description:   Yellow and orange glass; red and yellow neon tubing  
Creation Place:   North America, United States, , ,  
Accession #:   99.132  
Owner:   The Minneapolis Institute of Arts