Chihuly Outside (directed by Peter West) is one of the most comprehensive documentaries about glass artist Dale Chihuly’s career as an installation artist. Covering nearly half a century of his epic outdoor installations, the film chronicles his first experiments with floating glass on water, his early work at Art Park in Upstate New York and his decades-long exploration of large-scale installations at 12 of the world’s preeminent botanic gardens and conservatories. We get to witness the development of Mille Fiori, a 56-foot “garden of glass” first exhibited in 2008 at the de Young Museum in San Francisco, as well as his most recent work, Chihuly Garden and Glass, which opened May 2012 at the foot of Seattle’s iconic Space Needle. What emerges is a portrait of an innovative artist always seeking new ways in which his art can adapt to natural spaces — propelled by his desire to move, provoke and inspire viewers.
Released in 2012
Running time: 56 minutes
3;30 pm on Fri., Nov. 6th at the Grange
10:00 am on Sun., Nov. 8th at SJCT’s Whittier Theater