Dale Chihuly, in his own words:
Steve Wynn started talking to me about the ceiling at the Bellagio long before construction even began. He wanted me to make a “spectacular” piece in the lobby of the hotel that would rival the aquarium at the Mirage, and generate more interest. Back in Seattle, we built the entire seventy-by-thirty-foot ceiling, full-scale, at my studio. The commission, as contracted, called for a whole new armature type and about a thousand new “flowers.” Steve visited several times, loved it, and wanted even more glass. Finally FIORI DI COMO was installed with over two thousand handblown glass elements.
I’m not a photographer, so there’s no use pretending it is so. What is worth pretending is that I’m back at The Bellagio in Las Vegas, Nevada… drink in hand… gazing at the Chihuly instalation… enjoying my first taste of freedom.
Oh, and also the water show in front of the Bellagio (again, no need to critique my video skills):