Prepare to have your mind blown
Last year my brother introduced me to the glass artist known as Dale Chihuly. I saw a few pieces of his work in Gantineau in the lobby of Hotel Lac-Leamy. I always wanted to see it up close and personal and I finally got my chance recently at his exhibit in Toronto at the Royal Ontario Museum. You can see it too!
I was like a little fan girl when I first saw this row boat and my daughter laughed at me for having tears in my eyes when we walked in. I’ve cyber stalked the work of Dale Chihuly and all his videos for the last 18 months and you just can’t imagine the size and impact of these beautiful pieces of glass.
What a spectacular show it is! Best news ever is that you have until January 8th to see it yourself! Take a trip with the family to experience the amazing display the museum has put on for your viewing pleasure. Better yet, get your family an annual pass to the ROM as the family gift this year.
The teams required to set up these displays do a wonderful job capturing the true nature of the artist and his intentions whether the piece be aquatic or plant focused. The sheer size and scope of some of these pieces makes it hard to believe they are made up of hundreds of pounds of spectacular, colourful glass. It’s so shiny and beautiful. It’s also a photographers dream come true.
In each exhibit, the lighting, reflective surfaces and positioning creates a surreal tableau with insightful comments from Mr. Chihuly himself.
The Royal Ontario Museum
Located in Toronto at Avenue Road and Bloor, the ROM opened it’s doors in 1914. It has regularly scheduled events including workshops, clubs, camps, ROM talks, performances, and special events for children and adults all year long.
While there, remember the rest of this world class museum with all the other displays, permanent and temporary. Take a look on their web site to get all the details here. Currently the galleries include the African – Egypt exhibit, The Gallery of Modern Design, T.Rex Alive, Wildlife Photographer of the Year, the dinosaur and mammal exhibits, and many more. Not to mention the beauty of the buildings themselves including the Crystal Wing.
There is something for everyone at the ROM. For me, it will always be the place I finally got to get up close and personal with the work of this brilliant artist. If you’d like to see more of his work, I have a collection on my Pinterest board here.
I was not compensated to write this post and while I did receive tickets for our visit, the opinions are all my own.