University of Nebraska Medical Center

Azure and Jade Persian Ceiling

Azure and Jade Persian Ceiling, Chihuly Sanctuary

Dale Chihuly


Blown glass

Gift of Suzanne and Walter Scott

Located on Level Four in the Chihuly Sanctuary, Fred & Pamela Buffett Cancer Center.

Chihuly began the Persian series in 1986. Originally, he displayed Persians in pedestal compositions, often with smaller shapes nested in larger pieces. In later works, he mounted larger Persian forms to walls and suspended them as overhead compositions. Chihuly’s first Persian Ceiling was presented in his 1992 exhibition opening the Seattle Art Museum. Fiori di Como, created in 1998 for the Bellagio resort in Las Vegas, remains an iconic example of this aesthetic. The Persian series visually evokes historical decorative arts, suggesting ancient eastern Mediterranean and Islamic influences.