I took a different route home tonight after sorting books for AAUW, and was pleasantly surprised by the sight of this luminous glass chandelier hanging in Reed Center on the campus of Whitman College.
Not one to pass up a good photo op nor a spectacular piece of art, I went inside.
I wasn't disappointed. This two-tiered red and yellow blown glass chandelier is by Dale Chihuly, a world renowned glass artist from Seattle. I learned that the sculpture is a relative newcomer to the campus having been installed just last summer and dedicated in September.
The piece was commissioned and paid for by an anonymous donor. A very generous and beautiful gift, I'd say.
See the video of the dedication of the sculpture: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KWlEbHKZ5Ig
Read more about Dale Chihuly: http://www.chihuly.com/learn