Dale Chihuly Glass Collection in St.Petersburg, Florida

I wasn’t expecting much from a glass collection. I’ve seen a few glass exhibits in England, so I was just expecting a few nice vases and bowls. But the Chihuly Collection at the Morean Arts Center in St.Petersburg, Florida, is something special.

First off, St. Petersburg is a beautiful city. After an incredible lunch of Oysters and Steak Frites at Cassis American Brasserie with the folks over at Visit St. Pete/Clearwater, we walked down Beach Drive to the Chihuly Collection presented by Morean Arts Center.

Actually located about a mile east of the Morean Arts Center, the building that houses the collection is designed by  award winning architect Albert Alfonso and has a very chic, contemporary look. Inside this 10,000 square foot setting is a permanent collection of glass art by world-famous artist Dale Chihuly.

The collection is a world of crazy colours and shapes, with each installation providing a different visual experience. My favourite was the Float Boat, filled with large colourful marbles that are reflected in a glass floor to give the idea that the boat is on water. Other ones I particularly liked included the spiky Ruby Red Icicle Chandelier and the Persian Sunset wall.

Even if you wouldn’t class yourself as a ‘gallery’ person, this is well worth seeing. I went in with no prior knowledge of Dale Chihuly’s work, and had no expectations, but this was really fun an interesting. There’s also a store selling art by Dale Chihuly and merchandise related to his work.

Chihuly Collection by Morean Arts Center in St. Petersburg, Florida

The Chihuly Collection building by Albert Alfonso

Dale Chihuly Glass Art at the Chihuly Collection in St. Petersburg, Florida

Persian Sunset Wall at the Dale Chihuly Collection in St. Petersburg, Florida

Persian Sunset Wall

Ruby Red Icicly chandelier at the Chihuly Collection in St. Petersburg, Florida

The Ruby Red Icicle Chandelier

Dale Chihuly Float Boat at the Chihuly Collection in St. Petersburg, Florida

Float Boat

Dale Chihuly Glass Art in St. Petersburg, Florida

Dale Chihuly Glass Flower

Chihuly Glass Installation at the Chihuly Collection in St. Petersburg, Florida

Chihuly Glass Art in St. Petersburg, Florida

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