Located in the Ozark woods, the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville, Arkansas is celebrating the stunning work of artist Dale Chihuly. Chihuly and his team of glass blowers are master artists in glass, paint and neon who stretch the possibilities of this media with a vision centered on color, shape, light and transparency.
Over many years, Dale Chihuly has been globally renowned for placing his iconic glass sculptures in ambitious site-specific public places like the Dallas Arboretum; the Tacoma, Washington Bridge of Glass; the Seattle Aquarium; the Botanical Gardens of Chicago and London’s Victoria and Albert Museum.
Inside the contemporary museum you will find exhibits displaying several of his media types including the Fire Orange “baskets series” glass themes and his collection of American Indian trade baskets and native tapestry dating from Chihuly art roots in 1965.
Outside of the museum walls, Chihuly in the Forest demonstrates the powerful beauty of nature. The night-view of the museum grounds is magical. Weaving paths set the stage for unusual approaches to each glass piece and outdoor lighting enhances the reflections and neon characteristics of each sculpture. The Sol d’Oro or “Golden Gun” is a fine example of these bright reflections. Night music provides entertainment and enhances the glorious Chihuly collection.
Chihuly in the Forest is open through November 13, 2017. Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art was the inspiration of Alice Walton, the daughter of Walmart founder, Sam Walton. The 217,00 square foot glass and wood museum design by architect Moshe Safkie and engineer Buro Happold encompasses connected pavilions suspended over creek-fed ponds and forest trails. The museum’s permanent collection features American Art from Colonial times through the modern era.
Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art: Bentonville is located in the far Northwest corner of Arkansas north of Fayetteville.
21C Museum Hotel: This luxury, contemporary hotel houses its own art-filled spaces and offers the visitor a view of touring art pieces. Catch a docent guide each evening.
The Hive: Located within the 21C Museum Hotel, The Hive restaurant features refined country cooking. Local ingredients are the basis of the menu and seasonal cocktails. The Hive’s roots in Kentucky Bourbon Country are evident with the unique featured flights of Kentucky’s finest Bourbons.
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