Ailsa’s travel theme this week, is ‘Glass’, and if you click on this link, you will be able to see her fabulous photos.
Last year our ladies club organised a trip to the Norton Museum in West Palm Beach. The glass sculptures on display there were really stunning, and the one which impressed me the most was this really large and intricate one by Beth Lipman. ‘The Banquet’, or ‘Bancketjie’, is a twenty-foot long oak table, upon which are four hundred glass objects, some of which are overturned goblets, half eaten morsels of food, and snuffed out candles. This amazing sculpture was created in the genre of some of the 16th and 17th century Dutch still life paintings in the ‘Vanitas’ style, showing the meaninglessness of earthly life and the transitory nature of worldly goods. We weren’t allowed to take photos, so here’s one I got from Google. It was a wonder to behold, and I couldn’t tear myself away from it, which resulted in my getting left behind when our party moved on to the next room.
The one piece I fell in love with and would have liked to take home with me, was this really delicate ” Late Summer Cactus,” by Flo Perkins. You’d have to see it in real life, to fully appreciate its beauty.
We were taken into a small room with seats all around the edge, and sat for a few minutes admiring this amazing glass ceiling created by Dale Chihuly. It weighs 2000lbs and is really colourful, depicting all kinds of sea creatures, including manta rays, sea snakes, sea urchins, and shells. We weren’t supposed to, but I did manage to sneak a quick photo as we walked out.
On a trip to Venice, we ate at a restaurant called ‘Trattoria Do Fourni’, and besides having the most delicious meal, we had the added pleasure of sitting beneath these gorgeously ornate Venetian glass wall lights.
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I love the Dale Chihuly ceiling. Amazing. 🙂
It is amazing, and so big too. I could have sat looking up at it for so much longer.
I’ve seen so many pictures of his work, but only a few in person. I love his pieces!!
The photo’s are divine, AD.
Thanks, adee. I love glass sculptures the best of all. 🙂
That table sculpture is amazing AD…what a thing to see for real
Yes it is really a sight to behold. I can’t imagine how they dust it. 😯
Some of the best glass pictures I have seen so far AD! Love the first sculpture, must have been awesome to see it in person.
Thank you. Yes it was a most amazing sight, and I would love to see it again.
What a lovely selection of photos for the theme, I love the detail of the cacti.
Thanks, Trudi. 🙂
Nice photos. I’m not keen on glass as anything except windows and glasses and glasses 🙂
Your first picture reminds me of all the times as a teenager I had to handwash my mother’s crystal glass collection every week, a chore I hated because there was so much
My horrid chore was cleaning the brass Buddhas, Chinese gong, and fireguard that my mom inherited from her mom. I hated it, as my nails got all black from the newspaper and Brasso. I think washing beautiful crystal would have been far more preferable, but you must have been afraid of breaking something. 🙂
The Cactus, no doubt. It looks absolutely beautiful even in a photograph – so lifelike. Thanks.
Yes, I would love to own this gorgeous little ornament. 🙂
Those are astounding pictures, Sylvia. Venice was spell binding for me. I was ready to buy all sorts of glass chandeliers when we went there years ago, but managed not to as they would have been bigger than the size of our home! Beautiful, beautiful pictures!
Thanks so much, Marsha. Venetian glass is so awesome, and I also love huge chandeliers……so decadent. 🙂
Beautiful work! Much to admire!
Thanks, Sherry. 🙂
Lovely photos! We have a new Chihuly Museum in Seattle, but I have not yet been.
I’m sure you’re in for a real treat when you visit it, Naomi. 🙂
If there’s one thing I’d still like to do, it would be to be able to blow grass. It’s a most amazing thing, so malleable and absolutely beautiful.
I think, if I have vats of money one day, a Lalique vase and a Tiffany lamp would indeed be on a mantel somewhere 😉
Lovely pics AD!!
Thanks, 68. Yes, Lalique and Tiffany are two luxuries I would like to afford one day, too. 😕
the table of glass made me think of Miss Haversham!
Yes, it did me too, Ruth. I could just imagine her sitting amongst glass cobwebs in her tattered wedding gown.
I love the summer cactus.
Isn’t it gorgeous!? I wanted to grab it and run. 😀
I have lots of crystal that I enjoy all the time not just on special occasions. I love the candle holders when they sparkle with the lights above them on the dining room table.
Yes, I much prefer crystal to silver on the table. It sparkles so beautifully, and makes every meal a special occasion.
Wonderful what one can do with glass…
Yes it certainly is an art, and I admire people who have mastered it to perfection.
Such wonderful creations AD 🙂
Yes they are, and that first one is fascinating in the extreme.
I recognised the word Bancketje!
That table could well represent the left-overs of the parties given by certain people in SA! Eat, drink and be merry.
The sea creatures ceiling is beautiful.
It’s a lovely sounding word, isn’t it? 🙂
You’re so right about the banqueting which goes on in SA. The poor don’t even get the crumbs from the rich man’s table. 😦