Saturday, May 1, 2010

White Sands from the Seven Seas

It was a beautiful sight to see
as the sun sank over the sea and
Venus appeared from behind the moon. ...
 I saw it all nature's beauty at its best
ocean of glass mysterious inside-
where strange creatures rest
Precious coral, calciferous sand, seashells,
and interesting things lying on the beach
finding its way into an overheated kiln
flaming molten liquid
set in glowing emptiness-
rapid melt quenching.
from its crystalline form
sparked by creativity and frozen in time,
glass is born

Visit Magpie Tales to read what wonderful Tales other writers and poets have spun using this photo prompt. http://magpietales.blogspot.com
 images from
The Chihuly Bridge of Glass, Tacoma Museum of Glass
Glass Bowl  prompt by Willow @ Magpie Tales http://magpietales.blogspot.com


My inspiration came from walking under this bridge made by Chihuly,

 
 
"I love to go to the ocean and walk along the beach. Glass is so much like water. If you let it go on its own, it almost ends up looking like something that came from the sea."   —Chihuly

The Seaform Pavilion is a ceiling made of 2,364 objects from Chihuly's Seaform and Persian series. Seaforms have soft, undulating sides and rims, and feature delicate, flowing forms and colors. Persians, the exotic cousin to the Seaforms, are a rich variety of cones, flasks, and roundels with spiraling ribbons of color. Placed on top of a fifty-by-twenty-foot plate-glass ceiling, the forms are suspended in midair and make dramatic use of natural light. Fluorescent lights augment daylight on cloudy days and illuminate the pavilion at night. The tinted glass side walls of the pavilion allow viewers to immerse themselves in the space without distraction. As visitors walk under this pavilion, they experience a seemingly underwater world of glass shapes and forms a few feet above their heads.

38 comments:

  1. Beautiful poem and very descriptive.

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  2. how beautiful- your prose and the photos that compliment your tale so well! makes me wish i were there...

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  3. Dear Joanie: Amazing poem! Love the beauty of the words and their conveyance. Would like to ask: did Willow really "blow" that wonderful paperweight. I have met people who had hundreds if not thousands (I do love them too). Where do you get this privy info? (shhh I won't tell!)

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  4. I saw every bit of it
    glass is born....

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  5. Loved the flow of your words ... a wonderful interpretation of the Magpie photo.

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  6. I thought that looked like Chihuly's work. Glass art fascinates me. And your poem is just as lovely!

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  7. Chihuly's art is fantastically beautiful and your words describe it so well...

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  8. I thought that was Chihuly's work! It is so distinct. Your words were as flowing as his pieces. Lovely.

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  9. Joanny your description of the beauty under the sea is wonderful! I loved your Magpie! I struggled real bad with this prompt but finally posted one today! I think my trip to the sea helped a little!

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  10. I loved the undersea experience of your poem. It was beautiful.

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  11. I like the images you create with words and the photos chosen to compliment. Nice piece to compliment the Magpie prompt. Thanks for visiting my site.
    Katherine

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  12. I love all the elements involved. Really fascinating!

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  13. I like what you did with the theme.

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  14. I loved this and am in awe of your writing, it is beautiful.

    Christine

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  15. Jaony,
    Your words captured the images perfectly.
    rel

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  16. It's magic watching glass being created from molten worlds isn't it. You took this in a nice unexpected direction. Very stimulating.

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  17. Beautiful creation, both written and what's in photo...

    -(viennadaily)

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  18. Lovely words -- and always nice to get a peek at more of Chihuly's work.

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  19. what delicious cescriptions you gave us in your poem...beautiful...under the waves is such a magical place...nice magpie!

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  20. Colourful, beautiful photos ... and text!

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  21. The vividly colorful images in your words brighten my day!

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  22. There is so much strength in this poem..I can see and feel the evolving process..Thank you..

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  23. Isn't it amazing just how much swirled and twirled glass can capture our imaginations. I like how your words captured this though. :)

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  24. Subtle rhyme, beautiful sentiment, great poem! I love hand-blown glass. There are so many stories that can come from it; the heat, the molten silica, the craft. Yum.

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  25. A calciferous pleasure indeed! Congratulations.

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  26. The two words 'interesting things' stand out for me. I don't know if that's because they don't fit or if they're really very clever, kind of, keeping the intrigue alive.
    The rest of the poem is very very beautiful. I'd be interested in hearing your views on 'interesting things.'

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  27. Dear Peter

    I agree with you - thanks for the feed back - I thought about it several times and toyed with the idea of totally removing the whole sentence "and interesting things lying on the beach " but in the end kept it in for it was part of a story of Dale Chihuly the glass artist and the photo was taken while standing under this beautiful 500 foot long pedestrian overpass "Bridge of Glass" that he constructed. The photo I posted was only one piece of the much larger work all filled with interesting things from the sea. see below Chihuly's comments and what I was inspired by ---- to me it is the lying on the beach -- but I kept seeing the image anyway --- love to hear how you would change it though after reading the comment below from the artist?
    Joanny




    "I love to go to the ocean and walk along the beach. Glass is so much like water. If you let it go on its own, it almost ends up looking like something that came from the sea." —Chihuly


    The Seaform Pavilion is a ceiling made of 2,364 objects from Chihuly's Seaform and Persian series. Seaforms have soft, undulating sides and rims, and feature delicate, flowing forms and colors. Persians, the exotic cousin to the Seaforms, are a rich variety of cones, flasks, and roundels with spiraling ribbons of color. Placed on top of a fifty-by-twenty-foot plate-glass ceiling, the forms are suspended in midair and make dramatic use of natural light. Fluorescent lights augment daylight on cloudy days and illuminate the pavilion at night. The tinted glass side walls of the pavilion allow viewers to immerse themselves in the space without distraction. As visitors walk under this pavilion, they experience a seemingly underwater world of glass shapes and forms a few feet above their heads.

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  28. http://jingleyanqiu.wordpress.com/2010/05/04/magpie-tale-the-list-of-magpie-tale-participants/

    mine is up,
    I wish I have written a poem,
    thank you for sharing your brilliant side here.

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  29. Beautiful Joanny. I particularly loved this image:

    "as the sun sank over the sea and
    Venus appeared from behind the moon. ...
    I saw it all nature's beauty at its best
    ocean of glass mysterious inside-"

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  30. how amazing i thought the first photos were still lifes in a shop. Instead they are a beautiful museum. carla x

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  31. Joann: What mastery you have over words and imagery; completely take me away to this very real fantasy world under the ocean! Wonderful how you combined art appreciation with poetry. Reminds me of that place in England that has a dome aquarioum. How beautiful our world. ps your Oregon snaps of the waterfalls, om gosh so serene and awe-inspiring. One looks like a dove (the water). Amazing what we can see when we look with spirit-eyes! Thank-you! ps I am now totally absorbing Chihuly! A sponge I am!

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  32. i had the pleasure of standing beneath one of these insanely beautiful glass ceilings at the Bellagio in Las Vegas! Thanks for sharing some more :-D

    xoxo Bardot in Blue

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  33. Thank you so much for stopping by my blog, comments do mean so much and you are welcome to snoop anytime! I LOVE this Chihuly post, his work is so inspirational. There was a great documentary about him not that long ago about installs over the canals in Venice-just amazing! *Amy

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