DALE CHIHULY: The Luguna Murano Chandelier

September 14, 2008 – April 19, 2009

From the Collection of George R. Stroemple

Laguna Murano Chandelier, a majestic Neo-Baroque chandelier of individually blown and sculpted glass elements, was created by Dale Chihuly in collaboration with Italian glass master Pino Signoretto.

In September 1996, at the conclu

sion of the event known as Chihuly Over Venice, Chihuly worked with Signoretto on the glassblower’s island of Murano, in an historic, week-long collaboration. Recognizing the significance of the occasion, collector George R. Stroemple indicated his desire to acquire the chandelier. Uncertain as to whether his home would accommodate such a monumental piece, Stroemple requested Chihuly design the work with multiple components, creating flexibility in its display.

The chandelier commands approximately 1,500 square feet and includes five separate elements—two suspended from the ceiling and three which rise from the floor. Punctuated by opalescent flames and festooned with fantastical sea creatures, foliate masses, mermaids and kings, this splendid golden-green tangle glows, evoking the Muranese lagoon.

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Image credits:
Dale Chihuly (American, born 1941), Laguna Murano Chandelier, 1996.  Glass, approximately 14 x 8 x 8 feet.
The George R. Stroemple Collection, photo by Shaun Chappell

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