Sunday, November 21, 2010

Chihuly Glass at the Borgata


As a tease I showed the photos above in my Saturday post asking if anyone could guess what they were. Quite a few commenters knew they were works by the glass artist Dale ChihulyDale Chihuly is one of the foremost glass artists, with works in over 200 museum collections worldwide. Chihuly is primarily known for moving blown glass into the realm of large-scale contemporary art glass sculptures.

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The examples I showed are located in the Borgata Hotel and Casino located at 1 Borgata Way, Atlantic City, New Jersey. This forty story hotel which opened in 2003 contains l2,000 guest rooms and suites. It hosts an assortment of fine dining restaurants, including the Old Homestead Steakhouse, Bobby Flay Steak, SeaBlue, Wolfgang Puck American Grille, Izakaya and Fornelletto. It also contains a European-style, 54,000-square-foot Spa Toccare, two entertainment theaters that host headline act, 11 specialty boutiques, and a 161,000-square-foot casino floor incorporating 4,100 slot machines and 200 table games.

This beautiful chandelier was located in the "living room" location for hotel guests.


A close up of all the beautiful ornaments adorning the rings of the fixture.


The second picture was an extreme close up of the Chihuly chandelier in the hotel's main entrance lobby.


It is a profusion of beautiful blown glass curlicues!

Glass columns grace both sides of the casino entrance.

A close up of a portion of one of the glass columns.


Many other beautiful Chihuly chandeliers line the corridors of the hotel.


A photo mosaic of many more located throughout the Borgata Hotel.


This walkway planter feature also contained beautiful examples of Chihuly glass.


A photo mosaic of close ups of the art glass flowers and plants


I really enjoyed looking at all the beautiful Chihuly glass in the Borgata, and I hope you did too!


I am linking this post to Mary of The Little Red House "Mosaic Monday," Mary of  Work of the Poet  "Ruby Tuesday" and Sue's "Rednesday" on her blog It's A Very Cherry World. Please visit all their blogs and join in all the fun!






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74 comments:

Jojo said...

Yay! I got it right!!! I'd recognize a Chihuly anytime!!!

Betsy from Tennessee said...

Wow---incredible glass chandeliers..... Chihuly is the BEST.... I'd love to see them in person --but your photos are fabulous!!!!! All I can say is WOW.... The Borgata is a fabulous hotel.

Hugs,
Betsy

Farmchick said...

Beautiful glass work. Love the photos.

Dishesdone said...

Love the photo's! What a great tour you gave us!

eileeninmd said...

I love this glass artwork, it is just beautiful. The chandeliers are gorgeous. Lovley photos and mosaic.

EG Wow said...

Absolutely incredible!

Mary said...

Wow~ what fabulous blown glass & chandeliers! Your photos are outstanding, thanks for sharing these!

Hope you have a Happy Thanksgiving :-)

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

It would be awesome to see this glass up close! It is hard to imagine how beautiful it must be! Great photos, sweet friend! ♥

GrandmaK said...

You know the Indianapolis Children's Museum has some lovely glass sculptures and I think this artist is the one who did them. This is such a vibrant post!! Thank you! Cathy

Ebie said...

Hi Pat, I would not have guessed it! Your previous post looked like colored spiral pasta, hahahha (joke)!

Your photos are captured well with the chandeliers all lighted. Such a great work of art!

I love the shot of the hotel, it looks like there's a touch of mist.

Bravo for your mosaic!

ellen b. said...

Hi Pat! Chihuly has really made a name for himself all over the world. Have a great Thanksgiving!

Vee said...

Just incredible. Not everything that I'd want in my home, but some I'd love to have on my tree. And I've learned something new..Chihuly...yup, now I'll be able to impress the Boston niece, if I can just remember.

Claudia said...

I have never heard of him and am so pleased you introduced us. No favorites - they are all equally exquisite. What an amazing man to create such beauty, And Pat - I always think of you as Italian! If we don't "speak" - have a happy and delectable Thanksgiving.

The Quintessential Magpie said...

This is fascinating, Pat! I so enjoyed seeing every picture.

XO,

Sheila :-)

Gardening in a Sandbox said...

The chandeliers are spectacular. I wonder how they clean them. Carefully I suppose.

Theanne and Baron... said...

In a word WOW...that was simply incredible. I watched glass blowers in Corning, NY but what they were doing was pretty standard stuff compared to Chihuly!
I love color and this is color and then some...in glass, lots and lots of glass! Thanks for the fabulous fotos...and have a Happy Thanksgiving!

Thoughtfully blended hearts said...

What a genius artist!!! Thanks for sharing these...I admire his gorgeous work!!!
Have a wonderful Thanksgiving week!!!

Kate on Clinton said...

Wow, I had no idea they had so many pieces by Chihuly. Beautiful, and great photos!

Cheryl D. said...

Absolutely gorgeous! There is nothing like Chihuly glass art! I was very impressed with the number of people who recognized his work.

He's popular--and rightfully so!

steviewren said...

I love the big curlicue chandelier. It's super impressive. I can't imagine the hours it took to blow each part of the whole piece.

Ginny said...

What a joy to the eyes! Amazing! My favorite is probably the one with the yellow curlicue chandeliers in the yellow rectangles, because it tricks the eye. To me it looks like endless reflections, but I think it is really many chandiliers in a row.

flutietootie said...

The glass art is really lovely. I bet it was a really nice experience to have seen it in person.

pam said...

WOW

Sheila said...

I'm very thankful that you are able to go on so many photo expeditions, both near and far. The photos and explanations are always fascinating. The blown glass you've introduced us to is fabulous!

Blooming Rose Musings said...

Extraordinary blown glass! What amazing pieces of art in the form of chandeliers and plants and flowers. Amazing. Your pictures have brought them to life for each and every one of us. Thank you so much. Out of this world!

Gracie said...

I fell in love with glass works after I visisted some artisans' workshops in Venice a long ago. Some of my friends argue that glass is cold, instead I find it very warm and sensual, sure you have to be an artist to make such beautiful forms out of some chemical elements....

liZZie said...

You are so lucky getting to see Chihuly's exhibits. I have followed this guy for some time but never seen his creations for real. I am passionate about glass art and it's very good to see others are too ♥

Old Kitty said...

They're chandeliers!! Wow!!! How amazing!! They're really stunning and very eye catching!! I can only imagine how they look like all lit up - fantastic! It's great that this hotel is showcasing Mr Chihuly's work! He's most prolific! I've just visited his websites and he's got permanent and temporary exhibits everywhere!! Wow!!! I love how his installations blend into the walkway planter so organically with the plants!

Thanks for showcasing such an amazing unique talent!!

Take care
x

My Carolina Kitchen said...

All I can say is WOW. I've never seen anything like the lighting there. It's the kind of thing I just can stand and stare at for hours. How fabulous to be blessed with such talent.
Sam

Olivia said...

Oh wow, what fabulous awe inspiring work! Love it!
Hugs,
Olivia

Charli and me said...

I have never seen anything quite like this before. Thank you so much for posting. The glass flowers and chandeliers are simply amazing and so beautiful!

Just a little something from Judy said...

Another location goes on my list of places I want to visit soon. This is so amazing and beautiful!!!
I feel like you should charge for all the pictures and info that you so graciously share with us. The Borgata hotel certainly is a magnificent place to visit.

Kat said...

What spectacular work! These examples are just gorgeous, the chandeliers are stunning. Your photos are wonderful, you've captured their beauty so well. I love glasswork, but was not familiar with his work. Thanks for the tour, these are amazing. Kat

The Quintessential Magpie said...

Pat, I'm dropping by this morning to let you know how much your sweet comments on Eddie's blog meant to me. Thank you so much! I think you know that you are one of my favorite friends, and I give thanks to the Lord for your presence in my life. You are a blessing to so many people, and you are so kind to share your talents with us. I love you dearly, and hopefully, in the not too distant future, we'll finally get to meet. That would be such a happy day for me because I would get to hug your neck in person. In the mean time, I am sending many warm hugs to you this morning along with all my love.

XOXOXO,

Sheila :-)

RH (aka Lucy) said...

Wow..those beautiful lights. I want one. There must be some way I can get a stay at that hotel. I didn't know anything about them.

The Blogland Diaries said...

OMG Pat, what an amazing place. I love the room where that magnificent chandelier lives. I was so drawn in by the vivid colors too.
Karen

Judy ~ My Front Porch said...

Amazing glasswork! Beautiful chandeliers...beautiful hotel...and great photography on your part, Pat.

mrs. c said...

The glass looks liquid-like. It is amazing. I would love to see those chandeliers in "real life"!

SavoringTime in the Kitchen said...

How exquisitely beautiful! I love his work and we are lucky to have a beautiful piece in our Milwaukee Art Museum. Did you know that Dale Chihuly went to the University of Wisconsin?

Donnie said...

Those were so lovely. Each one more spectacular than the other. I had never heard of him but now I'll know who makes those beauties. Take care.

Millie said...

How beautiful!! I was going to try and pick a favorite, but it was impossible...very nice mosaic!

Splendid Little Stars said...

Wow! Wow! Wow! His works are so amazing! loved seeing all your photos! I know you saw my post on him recently. I took a lot of photos, but showed only a couple. maybe sometime in the future....
The first photo (my blog) is a cross section of a beet!

Ann said...

incredle glass, why has the casino got no windows? Are they afraid losers will jumP? It happened to our Casino when it was first built.

Vittle me this... said...

great post! love the sculptures!

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

Thank you for your comments, everyone!


Susan, I read that fact about Chihuly! Very cool!


Ann, the hotel has windows -- it may look like it doesn't but every room has a window. I don't think they open, however. It is air onditioned in summer.

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anemonen said...

Beautiful posts!

Tink *~*~* said...

I really like the "spaghetti worms" style (for the lack of another description!) of chandelier. Excellent choice for Ruby Tuesday :)

Tink *~*~*

La said...

I love his work. Thanks for sharing. La

Cindy said...

That glass is so beautiful! It's unbelievable!
I have never seen anything like that before, a few blown glass vases, but nothing like that.
Hugs, Cindy

Rettabug said...

I knew it!! ~~insert BIG GRIN~~
Fantastic shots, Pat!! Thanks for sharing them with us.

Happy T'Day to you & yours,
fondly,
Rett

Leora said...

Fancy and ornate! Must be fun to be a buyer for the hotel.

Ralph said...

The ruby glasswork in each chandelier is remarkable and artistic. The shapes suggest pasta or a squid's tentacles, almost immersed in tomato sauce. Very cool!

Liza said...

It's a beautiful hotel. I love the glass arts.

My Ruby links:
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Meri said...

Quite spectacular and representative of Dale's style. We love claiming him as a home town boy. There's an exhibit of Chihuly Glass in one of the galleries at the Tacoma Art Museum right now and if I remember right, there's a larger exhibition coming soon. (And a Norman Rockwell show coming too).

Marites said...

those are really amazingly beautiful and artistic. I love the colors too. I wish I could see them for real. My Rt is here.

Felisol said...

First time I've heard of Chihuly.You've done a a marvelous job presenting him and his works of art glass so well.
I went over to his web site, which was also quite interesting, but I think you led me closer and more "under his skin" with your report.
Chihuly, what a great meeting!

Lisa@GrandmasBriefs said...

We are fortunate to have a Chihuly chandelier adorning the entrance of our local Fine Arts Center. What an endlessly creative man!

Taste of Beirut said...

unbelievable! wish i knew how it was done! beautiful!

RNSANE said...

Chihuly glass is so colorful and spectacular. I've seen it here in San Francisco but can't remember where. I always worry about earthquakes with something this lovely - can't believe my crystal has survived all the tremors but not a single glass has broken.

elsiee said...

that is the most delicious glass work every - I had seen snippets of this artist glass work before but loved all the information you shared about more of his work!!!

Susan L (lily40au) said...

What a fantastic post ... education, beauty and travel all in one. My favourite way to go.
My Ruby Redness

My name is PJ. said...

What a talent! Do you think he may have dropped a little acid in the 60's?

Leovi said...

Beautiful design, fantastics colours.

Robin said...

Beautiful. I love Chihuly's work, I'm still kicking myself for not making it to the exhibition he had in Jerusalem a few years back.

Welcome to Ruby Tuesday Pat. I'm looking forward to seeing more from you.

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annie said...

Oh its just gorgeous. What else can anyone say except, "wow".
Thanks for sharing this.

Paz said...

the chandeliers are fun-looking!

paz

My Farmhouse Kitchen said...

loved seeing this...all so beautiful....

stopping by to wish you and yours a happy thanksgiving and sending love from california

:-)
kary

Erika B said...

Wow, that is incredible glass work. Simply stunning! Beautiful mosaic.

Erika B

Oliag said...

What a beautiful hotel! The glass work is spectacular!

Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family Pat!

A Vintage Girl said...

I've seen these light sculptures before but didn't know the artist. I think they look like delicious candy! Thanks for sharing. Your photographs are exquisite!
Annmarie

Barbara said...

As always, Pat, your photgraphs are spectacular! I first learned abour Chihuly many years ago via a PBS special showcasing his "installation" over Venice Italy! Since then I have been a fan and seen his work in several museums around the world. His creations are incredible and unique. Thank you for sharing

Beverly said...

Oh my gosh. I am speechless. This is just awesome!

Just stopping by to wish you and your family a happy and blessed Thanksgiving holiday.

Mary said...

Oh Pat, how beautiful! Thanks so much for sharing these beautiful works of art at MM. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!
xoxo,
Mary