Imagine a world filled with fantastical creations, brightly colored sculptures that seem to move and sway of their own volition, though they remain perfectly still. Frozen in sinuous grace, these jewel-colored sculptures are all the more spectacular due to the fact that they’re all created from glass. Dale Chihuly’s art is exceptional and has been lauded across the world whenever it’s displayed. Though he pioneered studio glass art, Chihuly also started the movement towards complex, multi-part glass sculptures and environmental art.
Designed to bring together art and architecture in harmonious balance, displaying the art to its best effect, the Collection is a must-visit for art lovers and visitors alike in St. Petersburg. Highlights specifically designed for the site include the 20-foot entrance sculpture and Ruby Red Icicle Chandelier. Other popular works include Macchia, Ikebana, Niijima Floats, Persians and Tumbleweeds, which have been included in traveling exhibits around the world. A visit to the Chihuly Collection not only provides an exceptional viewing experience for the artist’s work, but it also provides a taste of the pleasure that results when art and architecture meet.
The Chihuly Collection is located at 400 Beach Drive in St. Petersburg, about a mile east of the Morean Arts Center. The collection is open Monday through Saturday from 10am to 5pm and on Sunday from noon to 5pm. Docent-led tours take place every hour on the half hour Monday through Friday, with the last tour starting at 3:30pm. Admission costs $14.95 for adults and $13.96 for seniors ages 65 and older. Students enter for $10.95 and children 5 years of age or younger enter for free.