Niijima Floats: Mottled Blue Black Float with Silver Leaf

  • Dale Chihuly, Niijima Floats: Mottled Blue Black Float with Silver Leaf, 1992, blown glass, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Dale and Doug Anderson, 1993.46.3

Dale Chihuly is an incandescent figure in the American studio glass movement. He began to work with glass in the 1960s, fascinated by its potential to shape light and space. In the 1990s, he began a series of Niijima Floats inspired by glass orbs used by Japanese fishermen to hold their nets in place. The Floats were among the largest glass orbs ever made by inflating molten glass with an artist’s breath. The spellbinding surfaces recall swirling currents of water and gas — wonders of earth and beyond. 


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Title
Niijima Floats: Mottled Blue Black Float with Silver Leaf
Artist
Date
1992
Location
Dimensions
2526 1425 34 in. (63.566.765.4 cm)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Gift of Dale and Doug Anderson

Mediums
Mediums Description
blown glass
Classifications
Object Number
1993.46.3
Palette
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