Fact No. 92. (Published on 4/11/2005)

Chihuly on "polyvitro" plastic

"There are four materials I work with: glass, plastic, water and ice. Those are really the only transparent materials of any scale. Polyvitro is the name that I coined for a type of polymer we created. Iíve done several projects casting resins or polymer for site-specific projects and hope to explore new ways of using it, ways nobody else would think of. The Polyvitro doesnít replicate what I can do in glass. Itís a totally different material, and it has enabled me to create artwork on a whole new scale and level. One reason I use it is because it weighs much less than glass. Once again, it depends on the size, scale, and location of the work, whether it be an indoor or outdoor public installation."

- Dale Chihuly in a June, 2003 interview by Charles K. Steiner, director of the Wichita Art Museum

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