Story by Caroline Paulus
Photos Courtesy of Maker’s Mark
Artist Dale Chihuly has created gorgeous glass art for over 50 years everywhere from the University of Wisconsin, to Venice, Italy, and now out of his studio in Seattle. This summer, he bring six new pieces to the grounds of the Maker’s Mark Distillery in Loretto, Kentucky. These exhibits will be open during all tour hours, and will have specialty night viewings lighting the glass reach Saturday from 6-10 pm until Oct. 7th.
The artist has worked at the distillery before. His 2014 piece “The Spirit of the Maker” is a brightly colored glass ceiling that canopies the walkway through a small rickhouse to the gift shop. The six new pieces range from “Summer Sun,” (made up of red, orange, and yellow blown glass spirals pieced together in a 12 foot sunburst), to “Sapphire and Platinum Waterdrop Tower,” a glass “fountain” echoing the limestone filtered springs that are the birth place of Kentucky’s Bourbon.
The exhibit will be open Saturday nights until October 7th at a cost of $20 for adults and $10 for children under 12. Tickets can be purchased online here and will include tastings and a self guided tour of the distilling process.