Hail Yeah: In-depth Interview with Dallas Arboretum's Chihuly Exhibit

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Alice Laussade
The damage: some of the stem things don't have flower things on them anymore.

As giant hail nuts were hitting my house yesterday, I had a couple of immediate questions: 1) How pissed are people who are walking home right now? 2) Oh no -- does that dang Chihuly exhibit have inflatable emergency umbrellas that immediately blow up around the exhibit when shitty weather shows up? Because if not: crap time.

So, this morning, I went to the Dallas Arboretum to see if all the Chihuly stuff was okay. The guy at the gate said, "One of the pieces suffered some damage, but everything else is fine."

And it was true. Somehow, even though there was all that giant hail at The Arbo last night, these huge glass sculptures seemed completely okay. I had to talk to the exhibit to find out how it weathered the crazy storm so awesomely.

Me: Hey, Chihuly Exhibit. I know you're probably a little stressed out from last night's storm-- that must've freaked you out. I have a few questions for you, though, if you can handle answering them right now. How did it feel being out there in the hail storm, all fragile and alone?

Chihuly Exhibit:

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Alice Laussade

Me: So-- you feel like you came out of this storm pretty oka--

Chihuly Exhibit:

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Alice Laussade

Me: Wow. Okay. Not sure why your giant glass middle fingers have to be involved in this conversation. Rude. But -- when you think about times in your life that you've been hit by hail--

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Alice Laussade

Me: Ooooookay, we're done.

Here are some pictures from this morning of the somehow completely unharmed-looking exhibit:

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Alice Laussade
No worries. Your mom can still take pictures of you standing by glass balls.

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Alice Laussade
Blue spike things are fine. Except for the white Lost fog.

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Alice Laussade
Kids are already back at the exhibit, totally bored. It's as if no giant hail turds ever rained down.


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9 comments
Deep-sigh
Deep-sigh

conspiracy! fakes!! they were made of paste after all!!! I'm still going to see them one day.

Josh's broken records
Josh's broken records

You should become a full time illustrator..the funniest effing illustrator in the world!

Kayur
Kayur

The level of artistic detail in your reenactment is amazing.

Whome
Whome

Don't care. Screw the Arboretum!

Guest
Guest

Hail nuts?  Other than the author who actually uses or has ever heard that term used before?  It's hailstones.  

Robert Taylor
Robert Taylor

Pure genius. Sucks for the water lilies (or lily pads, or whatever they were) that were broken, though.

Sheree
Sheree

When I finally get to go, I want you to be my Chihuly guide!!

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