Sunday, May 25, 2014

The Deinstallation


The deinstallation of the Chihuly exhibit at the Desert Botanical Garden began last Monday.  I went there to see what I could see but on Monday they only worked on the neon lights the ran up the side of that mountain behind the piece pictured above.  (You can barely see them in the photo to the left of the Scarlet and Yellow Icicle Tower.)  While I was there, I found out that the deinstallation would take place slowly over the span of around two weeks.  So I started going every other day to see what I could see.
Yesterday morning when I was there, they were working on the Scarlet and Yellow Icicle Tower.























I saw the workmen being raised in a cherry picker so they could start removing the glass pieces one at a time and place them in the boxes that are in the lift with them.


They made pretty good progress in the short time I was there.


Around 5:30 I decided to head out there again and see what had been accomplished.  The Scarlet and Yellow Icicle Tower had been picked clean!

I've got a few more photos to show you over the next few days.  It's interesting watching them work and seeing how some of the pieces are put together.

18 comments:

Filip Demuinck said...

What a strange thing. I like it but probably not in this setting.

Greetings,
Filip

llandudnopictures said...

Fascinating, and very painstaking I imagine!

Julie ScottsdaleDailyPhoto.com said...

very cool images Sharon! we always love seeing your photos and talking about what you are doing.

Karl Demetz said...

Beautiful images, Sharon, but why do they deinstall these artworks? They could remain there as a permanent exhibit, why not?

Lowell said...

That's amazing. What a job it must be to take those things apart. You wouldn't want any "oopsies"!

Kate said...

I've watched a Chihuly installation in the past, which was fascinating but her a dismantling. Both are painstakingly slow and careful tasks.

cieldequimper said...

That's very impressive. Until now, stupidly enough, I had never wondered about how it's done...

Birdman said...

Now, this would be interesting as all heck to watch. It's even beautiful coming down.

Judy said...

Not a job you would want to rush. It's interesting seeing how they are put together.

glenda said...

This is quite the project!

Zac Montoya said...

It is as though they are harvesting it piece by piece. It is so much larger than it appears at first glance!

William Kendall said...

Very colourful!

RedPat said...

Fabulous, Sharon! What an interesting structure underneath it all - very useful to see.

Randy said...

I hope they didn't break any.

Steve Reed said...

It IS interesting to see the structure beneath the sculpture. I wonder what the rate of breakage is?!

Thérèse said...

Captivating. I am so glad you are able to watch all these steps of deinstallation. Your beautiful last pic of the icicle tower looks really like a colored boojum tree!

PerthDailyPhoto said...

How totally amazing Sharon.. gosh all that work to put together AND take apart.. hopefully they were up there long enough to warrant all that work.

Jack said...

I wonder where this will go next. I strongly suspect that these pieces will be used again. Chihuly is very much a capitalist.