Some of Dale Chihuly's work is on display at Tampere. We were there last weekend, and went to see the exhibition.
It was incredible. It was beautiful.
Finland is a country of world-famous glass blowers (think Timo Sarpaneva), but Chihuly's work something the kind of which I've never seen before. The colours, the shapes, scale of the works were totally different from what I'm used to. No nordic minimalism in sight. A rowboat full of red glass objects shaped like tentacles, stars and things totally alien, reaching out in every direction, is such an full-on assault on your visual cortex that it leaves you breathless.
30 September 2002