Label Text: What would you name this sculpture? With flaring and swirling organic forms and intense reds, oranges, and yellows, the Kalamazoo Ruby Light Chandelier welcomes visitors to the KIA with a warmth and drama that encourage exploration of the artistic treasures that lie beyond the front doors. Composed of 464 individual pieces of blown glass attached to a stainless steel armature, measuring seven feet in diameter, and weighing nearly 1,000 pounds, this sculpture is part of Chihuly's chandelier series.
One of the world's premier glass artists, Dale Chihuly is recognized for his innovative designs and new concepts in decorative glass. After studying sculpture and glassblowing at the University of Wisconsin, Chihuly experimented with team glassblowing, which enabled him to produce large-scale works. Although he hasn't blown glass since 1979, Chihuly creates the concept behind each work, which he relays by sketches, paintings, and words to the master glassblowers who then produce his vision.