Weekly Photo Challenge: Half-Light

Happiness can be found even in the darkest of times, if one only remembers to turn on the light.  ~Albus Dumbledore

Our theme for the Weekly Photo Challenge this week is:  Half-Light.
Our instructions:  This week, share a photograph inspired by a favorite poem, verse, story, or song lyric.

While visiting my parents in northern Ohio last week, we took a field trip to the Toledo Museum of Art Glass Pavillion (you know, for culture).  If you haven’t been, it’s definitely, positively worth a trip.  I was beyond impressed by both the variety and scope of the glass exhibits on display.

This is Campiello del Remer Chandelier #2 by American glass sculptor, Dale Chihuly.  Rather, it’s a portion of Campiello del Remer Chandelier #2.  The entire work stands 9 feet tall.  Chihuly is nothing if not a subscriber to the Go Big or Go Home theory of life.

Here’s some more information (from the Toledo Museum of Art) on that chandelier:

It was first installed in the Campiello del Remer, a small square in Venice (from which it takes its name) during the Chihuly Over Venice project in 1996.  It was installed in the Toledo Museum of Art Glass Pavilion in 2006.  This is an unusual work for Chihuly, who is best known for his expressive use of vibrant colors in his glass installations. Here, highly refractive Irish lead glass, which is traditionally enhanced with elaborate and symmetrical cutting, comes into its own by allowing the factory’s cutters to treat the surface of the irregular hollow shapes with deep, random slashes.

As far as the Albus Dumbledore verse goes . . . I’ve always liked those words, and they seemed to just fit with the chandelier.  And when you turn on this light . . . you can’t help but find all kinds of shiny and happy.

DSC_9929-1Salud!

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