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Health & Healing: Dale Chihuly’s Glasswork… Art Can Be Healing!

As I tend to do about once a month (give or take), I am posting something that is not directly health-related. The reason for that operative word “directly” is that art and music are very healing for me. So, indirectly, I believe any artwork or music that is moving, touching, and/or beautiful CAN be healing. I believe that this is the case for many other people as well.

I have had the pleasure of seeing not one but two Dale Chihuly
exhibitions. One was in Florida and the other was in New York. I cannot tell you how beautiful his artwork is.

If you have never heard of Dale Chihuly, stay tuned. His artwork is just breathtaking!

Before viewing the video, I urge you to look at the following:

Dale Chihuly’s website

I cannot recommend highly enough that his website will almost surely impress you.

I would suggest viewing this link before watching the video below the link.

It will familiarize you with his amazing work and the clip will show some behind the scenes video plus some questions and answers when Dale Chihuly spoke at Google’s headquarters this past summer in Mountain View, California. The video shows Chihuly’s work displayed indoors and outdoors all over the world.

So here, once again, is the site with so many gorgeous pictures of Chihuly’s work:

Dale Chihuly’s website

Now that you have seen some of the remarkable work of Dale Chihuly, you may wish to view the video.

Here is the YouTube description of the following video. (It runs about an hour):

Glass artist Dale Chihuly visits Google’s Mountain View, CA headquarters to discuss his Gardens of Glass. This event took place on June 19, 2008, as part of the Authors@Google series.

Dale Chihuly is most frequently lauded for revolutionizing the Studio Glass movement by expanding its original premise of the solitary artist working in a studio environment to encompass the notion of collaborative teams and a division of labor within the creative process. However, Chihuly’s contribution extends well beyond the boundaries both of this movement and even the field of glass: his achievements have influenced contemporary art in general. Chihuly’s practice of using teams has led to the development of complex, multipart sculptures of dramatic beauty that place him in the leadership role of moving blown glass out of the confines of the small, precious object and into the realm of large-scale contemporary sculpture. In fact, Chihuly deserves credit for establishing the blown glass form as an accepted vehicle for installation and environmental art beginning in the late twentieth century and continuing today.

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1 Jannie { 11.25.08 at 3:59 am }

Jeanne what a wonderful post. I do so believe in music for healing too. In fact, I think if it weren’t for music we would not exist as a species.

Thanks for going above and beyond to post helpful things.

2 Jeanne { 11.25.08 at 4:14 am }


I think the power of the the arts in our culture is too often underestimated.

I know a songwriter like you can appreciate what I’m saying.

Some days I just need things like this to make me feel better.

My fibro was SOOOOO bad today that I just couldn’t write yet another health-related post. Heck, I couldn’t even get out of the house! It was just too cold to even dream of going outside. (I’m tired of wearing coats indoors when it’s plenty warm for everyone but me).

Yet I hadn’t posted in days and felt it was time to post something.

My body feels like one big bruise today and my muscles are beyond description. It’s only November!

I have wanted to post about Chihuly for awhile and I finally got around to it. I like to share the things that get me through the rough days because they might just help someone else too.

Thank you for going above and beyond to post your positive comments so often. People like you help me get through days like this.

Seriously, you have no idea how much your cheerful comments, emails, and Facebook comments mean to me.

Today was a day that I really needed to look at that beautiful Dale Chihuly site and just take it in.

Of course… you know how important music is to me as we’ve shared about this before.

Thank you!


3 Mckay K { 11.25.08 at 11:23 am }

Hi Jeanne; I thoroughly enjoyed the Dale Chihuly video and your post about him and his work.

His website is amazing and the scale of his work is mind boggling.

It is no secret that I believe in the positive power of music and the art world on our ability to heal.

That is why my blog honors the world of photography and music on Fridays and Mondays. Just like you have done today Jeanne. For just a moment, it helps the reader think about something other that their limitations.

During his questions and answers, Dale made a statement that reinforced something I had learned the previous day.

I wondered why I sometimes have an uneasiness about leaving home. The answer was swift. You have to face your disabilities. At home, I have learned to work around them and feel I am perfectly normal.

When I leave home, I am in unfamiliar territory. I have to think about where I am. If I loose my balance, is there something close enough to me to keep me from falling and making a spectacle.

At home, I have arranged my furniture so that I am always close to something to brace myself on, when needed. I don’t have to think about my disability.

So, when I heard Dale say that he no longer blew the glass himself, because it made him aware of his inability to do it well, I once again (in two days) understood my apprehension for leaving home.

4 Jeanne { 11.25.08 at 3:23 pm }

Mckay k,

I’m glad you enjoyed it. I know you well enough to know you’d like it. 🙂

His work really is mind-boggling, isn’t it? I just love that website showcasing his work. It’s just so amazing!

Yes, the arts are often underestimated in our society but I absolutely believe music and art can promote healing.

I love the way your blog takes time to honor photography and music. You have such beautiful posts that take the reader’s minds off of their troubles.

I too found some of Dale’s questions and answers quite interesting. I knew had he been in a car accident that affected his vision but I had never heard him explain it in the details he used in that video.

I give him so much credit for not letting that accident stop him from pursuing his passion and his dreams.

The collaborative efforts he has pioneered have really brought a new perspective on how art can be produced.

His instincts and ability to creatively manage situations as challenging as setting up those large outdoor exhibitions is like something I’ve never seen any other artist do on such a scale. It just amazes me.

Was that exhibition is Jerusalem amazing or what?? The glass was so beautiful and then when they got to the ice wall section, I was just entranced. His projects are beyond ambitious! He pushes the limits…

Can you imagine 1 million people visiting that exhibition??? People of diverse religions and backgrounds came together and took in the beauty and wonder of this unique artwork. Just amazing.

It’s true that chronically ill people generally find ways to set up their home environments to accommodate their limitations. You are very right that this “safety cushion” just isn’t available away from home and that can make things very challenging.

I think he is inspirational not just for his artwork but his refusal to let his limitations stop him from living his life to the fullest. His extensive traveling around the world and his innovation are remarkable.

His setting up schools to pass his legacy on and generously teach new generations about the beautiful art of glassblowing is just a wonderful thing.

Doesn’t he just strike you as someone it would be interesting to meet? Can you imagine all of the interesting stories he has from his world travels and from so many years of experience creating such beautiful work and inspiring others in so many ways?

His work just takes my breath away. I just love that website that features so many different facets of his work.

The colors he uses just draw me in. When I saw his work in exhibitions, it was just beyond amazing.

In New York, there were tons and tons of those huge chandeliers everywhere. It was so mind-boggling. This was the first time I had seen his work in person and it just totally blew me away!

In Florida, there was a room where there were thousands of Chihuly pieces in the ceiling lit from above in a dark room.

Imagine a number of people just lying on the floor in the middle of a museum, looking up at his work from the floor.

It seems odd but the sore neck it would cause to look up for any length of time was near-impossible. People were just lying on the floor for about 20 minutes at a time!

Staring. Entranced.

I’ve never seen anything like it.

The awesome thing about his website is that it manages to capture some of that magic for those who have not been able to experience his work in person.

It truly is magical. How often do people lie on the floor of the museum to view the breathtaking artwork in the ceiling??? It was one of the prettiest things I’ve ever seen in my entire life!!!

We re-visited that room on our way out of the museum. One look was just not enough. It was incredible!


5 Yaya { 11.25.08 at 11:03 pm }

Hey Jeanne,
My acupuncturist researched two books for me: The Infertility Cure by Randine Lewis and The Tao fo Fertility by Daoshing Ni and Dana Herko. I ordered the second off of amazon for $10 and the first is at the library. It’s more chinese medicine theory stuff, which I LOVE. So I’ll let you know my reviews! She said they are theories of way to prepare the body to grow a baby. Hope they work!

Sorry, that was unrelated to this blog post, but I thought of it as I started typing.

Anyways, yes, art CAN be healing!!!!!!!!!!

6 Yaya { 11.25.08 at 11:05 pm }


Sorry to read that your fibro is acting up. I think around the holidays my endo tends to flare up w/ all the holiday related stress. Please take time out to rest and meditate and listen to music and anything else that will help!

7 Jeanne { 11.25.08 at 11:11 pm }


Yeah… this year the fibro seems pretty bad for only November! 🙁

I think the goofy weather is the culprit for me in this case. LOTS of fellow fibro patients having similar issues.

Thank you for the suggestions… Stress certainly doesn’t help any of these illnesses! I really do need to chill out.

Did you see the Chihuly website?? OMG!


8 Jeanne { 11.26.08 at 2:58 pm }


I looked up the books you mentioned that were recommended by your acupuncturist:

1) The Tao of Fertility by Daoshing Ni and Dana Herko—


2) The Infertility Cure: The Ancient Chinese Wellness Program for Getting Pregnant and Having Healthy Babies by Randine Lewis—

While I haven't read either book, I know how happy you are with your acupuncturist and I hope you find these books helpful. Thank you for sharing them.

I would love to post your book reviews once you are done reading them. Just let me know and we can post them here for anyone who'd like to check one or both of them out. I really hope you find them helpful!

Don't worry about this being un-related to this blog post. I know you just wanted to share what your acupuncturist suggested with others.

Yes, art is amazingly healing. 🙂


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