University of Nebraska Medical Center

Chihuly Sanctuary

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Chihuly works

Chihuly Sanctuary

The Chihuly Sanctuary is the cornerstone of the Healing arts Program at UNMC and Nebraska Medicine.  It is the culmination of Dale Chihuly’s decades of experiments in light, space and form. 

Autumn Leaves Persian Installation 

Persians by Dale Chihuly are blown-glass rondels in swirling, irregular shapes. Here, the opulent golds, oranges and reds harken the colors of autumn, and the undulating forms are reminiscent of leaves blowing in the wind.

Sunrise Perisan Columns

With the ceiling-hung Sunrise Persian Columns by Dale Chihuly, the blossoming shapes focus and reflect light in such a way that their open forms illuminate architectural spaces and environments.

Azure and Jade Persian Ceiling, Chihuly Sanctuary

Azure and Jade Persian Ceiling

An example of Dale Chihuly's Persian series, which began in 1986, this Persian Ceiling The Persian series evokes historical decorative arts, suggesting ancient eastern Mediterranean and Islamic influences.

Sapphire Icicle Tower , Chihuly Sanctuary.

Sapphire Icicle Tower

The Sapphire Icicle Tower, which stands at 11 feet, exemplifies Dale Chihuly’s desire to mass color on a steel armature for dramatic effect. Its approximately 325 pieces create what he calls “a core of color.”

Mille Fiori, exterior, Chihuly Sactuary.

Mille Fiori, exterior

The outside portion of Mille Fiori features an array of Dale Chihuly’s whimsical, nature-inspired, blown-glass elements, including reeds, herons, and grass clusters.

Mille Fiori, interior, Chihuly Sanctuary.

Mille Fiori, interior

Combining brilliantly colored, flora-like elements, Dale Chihuly creates spectacular gardens of glass, a manifestation of his lifelong fascination with nature and flowers, which was inspired by his mother’s passion for gardening.

Orange and Yellow Hornet Sconce and Rising Sun Sconce Wall, Dale Chihuly, in the Chihuly Sanctuary

Orange and Yellow Hornet Sconce, Rising Sun Sconce Wall

Dale Chihuly’s sconces are wall installations composed of blown-glass elements that are created in response to a specific environment.

Najima Floats, Dale Chihuly, outside Chihuly Sanctuary.

Niijima Floats

Dale Chihuly's large spheres—up to forty inches in diameter and weighing sixty pounds— are named for small green and blue Japanese fishing floats he found as a child on the shores of Puget Sound.

Photo of Reflection Room Crystal Sconces - clear and faceted leaf-like crystalline glass forms

Reflection Room Crystal Sconces

The Reflection Room Crystal Sconces by Dale Chihuly are composed of approximately 2,000 crystalline glass forms, amassed within the Reflection Room's cone-like architectural form

Photo of some of the Ikebana Glass on Glass Paintings.

Ikebana Glass on Glass Paintings

Glass on Glass by Dale Chihuly fluently articulates the artist’s mastery of the transmission of light through transparent media.