Some time ago, a friend who visited Seattle shared pictures he took of Dale Chihuly’s glass sculptures. They were so vivid, wild, huge and just beautiful. I just had to see them in person, but Seattle is so far away and it seemed unlikely. Anyway, I put it on my bucket list. I imagined that if some day I happened to be in the neighbourhood, I’d swing by for a day or two.
Well, I don’t have to go there now, because the art has come here! They’ve been flown over in boxes, unpacked and assembled by a team of artists. The art is installed all over the Gardens by the Bay here in Singapore.
The above snapshot is a preview I caught at the Cloud Forest dome. I’m looking forward to going back a few times to catch all of it!
Quirky wall art is a recent tourist attraction in Penang island, Malaysia. Over the last 2 years, the success of the initial commissioned pieces led to more artworks sprouting up. (Won’t happen in Singapore though, the graffiti-free city, where you’re apt to be caught, fined and maybe caned.)
In Lima, Peru, there is a private museum called the Larco Herrera museum. Founded in 1926, it is almost exclusively dedicated to pre-Columbian ceramics.
Why a ceramics museum? I was puzzled when the tour guide recommended it, but trusted his judgement and opened myself to something new. And it was certainly worth it!
The ceramics were ornamental, utilitarian, or sometimes used both ways. They were records of daily life, showing household activities and including farm or pet animals. Some seemed to be portraits of prominent people. There are renditions of war, and human sacrifice. The people also seemed to be keen observers of animal behavior.
Apart from the main museum, there are two additional sections not to be missed. The first is the store room which is often open to the public, where there are literally stacks and stacks of well-preserved ceramics arranged by theme. The second is a little annex museum showing the activities of daily life that should not be visited by little children. While I was there, a party of Europeans walked in and could not stop giggling and snickering at the exaggerated dimensions of vital human parts, particularly the male member. (Sorry I will not be including those pictures here… don’t want to attract the wrong sort of attention to this blog 🙂 )