"Chihuly Outside" covers nearly half a century of Dale Chihuly's epic outdoor installations. The film chronicles Chihuly's first experiments with floating glass on water and using ice and neon, his early work at upstate New York's Art Park, and his decade-long exploration of large-scale installations at 12 of the world's preeminent botanic gardens and conservatories.
The hour-long documentary traces the development of Mille Fiori, a 56-foot "garden of glass" first exhibited in 2008 at San Francisco's de Young Museum and his most recent work, Chihuly Garden and Glass, which opened at the foot of Seattle's iconic Space Needle in May 2012.
What emerges is a portrait of an innovative artist who's always seeking new ways to adapt his medium to natural spaces, propelled by a desire to move, provoke, and inspire viewers. "Chihuly Outside" completes a trilogy of films exploring Chihuly's work, which began in 2008 with "Chihuly in the Hotshop" and continued with 2010's "Chihuly Fire & Light."