In 2007 Phipps collaborated with famous glass artist Dale Chihuly on Chihuly at Phipps: Gardens and Glass. This spectacular exhibit attracted record numbers of visitors, and, after it closed in February 2008, a number of pieces were kept for permanent display throughout the Conservatory. Following the success of Chihuly at Phipps, German-born artist Hans Godo Fräbel created Life in the Gardens: Fräbel Glass at Phipps in 2009, incorporating more than 185 of his sculptures into our garden scenes. Some pieces can still be found in our Orchid Room.
Goldenrod, Teal and Citron Chandelier
Designed to hang from the glass-domed entrance of our Welcome Center, this Goldenrod, Teal and Citron Chandelier created by Dale Chihuly was purchased with a donation from the Colcom Foundation, which supports programs that enhance Pittsburgh's viability.
These Cattails at the entrance to the Serpentine Room are 13 of 118 such pieces that were part of the original Chihuly exhibit.
These Macchia Bowls, located in our Palm Court, are a few of a number of the pieces that were featured in the Sunken Garden during the Chihuly exhibit.
Located in our Palm Court near the entrance to the Sunken Garden are seven Paint Brushes some of the many showcased in the Stove Room during the Chihuly exhibit.
Desert Gold Star
This stunning piece by Dale Chihuly hangs just inside the entrance to our Desert Room and was created specifically for this spot.
Celadon and Royal Purple Gilded Fiori
This Celadon and Royal Purple Gilded Fiori piece at the center of the Tropical Fruit and Spice Room was featured in this location during the Chihuly exhibit.
A few of Hans Godo Fräbel’s glass frogs are in the front display case of our Orchid Room, intermingled with the mini orchids in our collection. Two of the frogs were given to President Obama’s daughters as gifts when the 2009 G-20 Summit opening dinner was held at Phipps.
A selection of Fräbel’s Longfellows are also scattered throughout the Orchid Room. These elongated figures play with proportions by using stretched extremities and torsos to convey an almost alien look.