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From Sand. From Fire. Comes Beauty.



Immerse yourself in a spectacular exhibition exploring colour, light, and form by one of the world’s foremost artists working in glass today.

Created by sand, fire, and human breath, these brilliantly coloured works of art produce a magical, sensory experience that will never be forgotten.

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Dale Chihuly, an American sculptor, has mastered the alluring, translucent and transparent qualities of ice, water, glass and neon, to create works of art that transform the viewer experience.

He is globally renowned for his ambitious site-specific architectural installations in public spaces, and in exhibitions presented in museums and gardens worldwide. Born in 1941 in Washington State, Chihuly established the glass program at the Rhode Island School of Design and co-founded Pilchuck Glass School in 1971. He has received numerous awards and honorary degrees and has works of art included in over 250 museum collections.

Major exhibitions include Chihuly Over Venice (1995-96), Chihuly in the Light of Jerusalem (1999), Garden Cycle (2001–present), de Young Museum in San Francisco (2008), the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (2011), Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond (2012) and the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, Montreal, Canada (2013.) Chihuly Garden and Glass opened at Seattle Center in 2012.


“I want people to be overwhelmed with light and color in a way that they’ve never experienced."
– Dale Chihuly


As a young artist in Venice, Dale Chihuly observed the centuries-old team approach to blowing glass. This became fundamental to the way he works today, especially when later injuries meant he could no longer blow glass himself. He transitioned to directing a team of artists in his studio, and has commented,
"Once I stepped back, I liked the view."

Photo of Dale Chihuly working in his studio, with four people assiting him

1,000,000 +

visitors attended Chihuly's Tower of David Museum installations in Jerusalem.


included in permanent collections internationally


honorary doctoral degrees awarded


Chihuly's first major exhibition in Toronto


Dale Chihuly's work is included in more than 200 museum collections worldwide, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Smithsonian American Art Museum and the Corning Museum of Glass.

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“Glass is the most enchanting of all materials.”
- Dale Chihuly

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This exhibition is organized by the Royal Ontario Museum in cooperation with Dale Chihuly. The work displayed is protected by copyright and any copying is expressly prohibited.

Photos, from top to bottom: 1) Dale Chihuly, Persian Ceiling, 2012. 25 x 15'. Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, installed 2013. © Copyright 2012 Chihuly Studio. All rights reserved. 2) Dale Chihuly, Laguna Torcello (detail), 2012. 12½ x 64 x 20'. © Copyright 2012 Chihuly Studio. All rights reserved. 3) Dale Chihuly, Persian Ceiling (detail), 1999. 35 x 14½'. Chihuly Garden and Glass, Seattle, installed 2012. © Copyright 1999 Chihuly Studio. All rights reserved. 4) Dale Chihuly. © Copyright 2016 Chihuly Studio. All rights reserved. 5) Dale Chihuly, Laguna Torcello (detail), 2012. 12½ x 64 x 20'. © Copyright 2012 Chihuly Studio. All rights reserved. 6) Richard Royal, Charles Parriott, David Levy, Chihuly, and Brian Brenno. The Boathouse hotshop, Seattle, 1993. © Copyright 1993 Chihuly Studio. All rights reserved. 7) Dale Chihuly, Green Icicle Chandelier (detail), 2013. 9½ x 5½ x 5'. © Copyright 2013 Chihuly Studio. All rights reserved.