My extended family lives in Oklahoma City, and this last Christmas I was fortunate enough to visit them. When thinking of OKC, I would never have imagined that the city has a reasonably diverse collection of art in the its museum. In fact, it possesses the largest collection of Chihuly art pieces in the world. Chihuly is currently considered to be a master in the medium of blown glass. Each piece is heated and blown by hand, and that's saying something! One of his largest pieces is over three stories tall and is made up of thousands of colored glass vines and bulbs.
Chihuly's style is marked by the use of vibrant colors. Here, he's crafted a set of bowls in a variety of shades. The interior and exterior are two different colors and all have intricate designs threaded into the glass.
This ceiling was installed in one of the hallways in the museum. It consists entirely of blown glass flowers.
Chihuly's art is extremely contemporary. Here, he's taken an old row boat and filled it with individual pieces of glass ranging from orbs and vines to flowers and leaves.
The most valuable piece in the museum is a large chandalier made entirely of waterford crystal from Ireland. Chihuly made two of these chandaliers. One resides in the OKC museum while the other can be found in Venice. They are each made of approximately 200 individual pieces and weigh about 1 ton.