Recycled Art at Museum of Glass
Regina Hackett at Art To Go got the scoop (but why she titled her post Two Seattle Chandeliers when the artists in question are both from Tacoma makes me want to remind everyone everywhere that Seattle is NOT the only town in Washington State where art happens, but I digress), so Olympia Dumpster Divers went on a fact-finding mission to the Museum of Glass in Tacoma, WA to visit our friend, Barbara De Pirro, who has been working with the public in the education studio as an artist-in-residence for the past two months.
Barbara’s project was part of MOG’s Science of Art Program, exploring light: its qualities and interactions on various materials and surfaces. Since it is not feasible to have drop-in hands-on glass art activities happening in the studio (there is the Hot Shop where one can watch the amazing process at a safe distance), the projects in the education studio utilize other media, such as recycled materials, which are readily available and economical, and ecological, too.
As Regina pointed out in her post, one can find similarities to Dale Chihuly in De Pirro’s project. Not only is she making decorative chandeliers, but her installation in the education studio has an underwater aquatic theme ala many of Chihuly’s pieces, including the beautiful Bridge of Glass ceiling.
See more pics of how Barbara De Pirro created art from everyday objects at the Museum of Glass HERE. Make Art Not Waste!
I fell in love with Dale Chihuly’s work when I viewed an installation in Canberra, Australia back in 2000 http://www.nga.gov.au/chihuly/Exhib2.htm I need to go see the inside of MOG since I live alot closer to Tacoma now then I was before in Australia! I love the blue rock glassy bits near the wall of glass. Chihuly’s work is dreamy and alive with colour!
MOG does not have a whole lot of Chihuly; TAM does, though! So visit BOTH and walk the Bridge of Glass to get to either.
ps those blue rock candy thingies on the Bridge of Glass are actually made of some sort of plastic that Chihuly came up with (he explained it to me and told me the name, but I can not remember what it is called right now)