Something Beautiful is a 2013 self-imposed initiative to find a visual feast for each day of the year.
The image today was very nearly of the “eyes of the beholder” variety. Daphne, my cat on approval, demonstrated she has retained her authentic nature. Her first mouse conquest sat next to the litter box when I arrived home. At the risk of offending anyone, anything that reduces the mouse population at Mt. Muchmore is a thing of beauty. Showing some uncustomary restraint, I chose not to challenge beauty’s safe norms with such an image here. Instead, I share the wild imagination and dynamic palette of Dale Chihuly.
While at Wisconsin, Littleton began the first hot glass academic program and is widely considered the father of the studio glass art movement.
Chihuly followed his mentor’s lead by introducing a glass program at the Rhode Island School of Design. But Chihuly is more widely known as an artist and creator of vibrant, whimsical glass sculptures and installations. I have admired his sculptural wall on visits to the Kohl Center in Madison. The boat sculpture above is a 2005 installation at the Royal Botanical Gardens, Kew. To me Chihuly’s work is sheer joy. What was beautiful to me was the luminous boat in a beautiful setting. A brilliant play of dark indigos against the exotic and buoyant boat. Joy and beauty and much more.