Day 38: Something Beautiful—Chihuly at the Royal Botanical Gardens

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.

Chihuly is a true iconoclast. A distinct voice in the field of art glass. A graduate of UW-Madison’s master’s program in sculpture, he studied with legendary Harvey Littleton.


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.


About vbassoc

Donna Van Bogaert is a researcher and consultant in the field of cognitive styles, health communication, and organizational communication and behavior. Her business, Van Bogaert & Associates, Inc., specializes in cognitive-based coaching, management consulting, and leadership development. When the winds are blowing her way, she travels and talks about workplace potential and creative problem solving. In another life, Donna sings jazz. For a very long time, she fronted two 18-piece big bands —All That Jazz (Madison, WI) and The Gardenia Big Band (Rockford, IL). She currently resides in Cincinnati, Ohio where, in a third parallel universe, she leads a media branch of a national research institute. Mostly she has returned to painting, poetry, and plotting the next chapter of her life.
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One Response to Day 38: Something Beautiful—Chihuly at the Royal Botanical Gardens

  1. Bea Neal says:

    I had a chance to see his museum in St. Petersburg, Fl. BEAUTIFUL, just gorgeous. John bought me the DVD of his work. And, I would like to see a picture of the newest addition to your household. What a lovely name. How old? Where did you get her? And, not all of them are good at catching mice so kudos, Daphne!! 🙂

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