June 10, 2010
Chihuly: Looks Cool on Google.. and in Israel?
Recently you may have noticed that Google changed their homepage by setting a customizable background image – just like Microsoft’s Bing.
(according to the blog birdabble.com.)
As of now, Jeff Koons and Dale Chihuly can probably be declared as the most viewed artists of all time, thanks to Google.
Chihuly is not Jewish, but Chihuly’s work does have a strong tie to Israel. The following is from the artist’s website:
His 1999 millennium celebration was: Chihuly In The Light Of Jerusalem 2000. This massive undertaking produced 17 installations in the ancient city, followed by the creation of a 60-foot wall of ice made of 24 giant blocks imported from Alaska. These installations were viewed by more than one million people. (Noor’s Daily Smile & Art Zone)
I personally was first exposed to Chihuly in 2008 while living in San Francisco and his work was exhibited at the De Young Museum. This review by Kristin Farr for KQED: Arts & Culture, is by far the most playful and appropriate description of his work.