This is a photo of a glass sculpture done by one of my favorite artists, Dale Chihuly.
I love his work. I first became aware of his existence during the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City. There was a Chihuly exhibit at Abravanel Hall as part of the "Cultural Olympiad" that corresponded with the actual Olympic games. I didn't actually make it down to the exhibit, because I waited too long to go, and the day that I chose to come down (which happened to be one of the last days of the exhibit), I had car problems, and spent 3 hours in the service department of my Ford dealer instead.
So, I was kind of bummed about that. There is a Chihuly sculpture in Abravanel hall now, left over from the days of Olympic glory. It's orange and red and fiery and terribly intriguing to me. When Tayneshia and I went to the Bahamas last year, we stopped at the Atlantis Casino at Nassau, and there were a few Chihuly sculptures there. That's where I got this picture, in fact.
My public library has a DVD set (with 4 DVD's) of documentaries on Chihuly and some of his work. It's not riveting entertainment or anything like that, but I've checked the set out twice now, once to watch while I was doing some major scrapbooking work, and once to show Eric (we did a lot of fast-forwarding that night).
So, there you have it. An introduction to Chihuly. If you're interested in more, here are a few options: