Maker’s Mark Show­cases exclusive Art Ex­hi­bi­tion by Renowned artist Dale Chi­huly

Upscale Living Magazine - - Content - | By Heléne Ra­mack­ers

Two iconic Amer­i­cans join forces once again to craft an ex­pe­ri­ence that catches the imag­i­na­tion while daz­zling the senses. Proudly cel­e­brat­ing the work of world-fa­mous artist Dale Chi­huly, Maker’s Mark®, the pi­o­neer of premium bour­bon, Chi­huly at Maker’s will be un­veiled from 1 July through 31 Oc­to­ber 2017.

Tem­po­rar­ily ex­hib­ited at Burke House Wel­come Cen­ter, the ex­hibit is in­spired by the dis­tillery’s com­mand of light and lush sur­round­ing camp grounds. The site-spe­cific ex­hi­bi­tion is the sec­ond in­stal­la­tion com­mis­sioned for Maker’s Mark by Chi­huly.

The Spirit of the Maker, his first no­table per­ma­nent in­stal­la­tion, was a cel­e­bra­tory trib­ute to Maker’s tra­di­tion of bour­bon mak­ing in Ken­tucky with the un­veil­ing tak­ing place in 2014. “I had the priv­i­lege to visit the land­mark Maker’s Mark Dis­tillery in 2014 when we worked to­gether to in­stall The Spirit of the Maker,” said artist Dale Chi­huly. “I was in­spired then by its unique land­scape and ar­chi­tec­ture and am ex­cited to share my work from the per­spec­tive of its special sur­round­ings.”

Chi­huly at Maker’s en­com­passes six large-scale art in­stal­la­tions sited through­out the dis­tillery grounds. The Maker’s Mark Dis­tillery will be al­tered by Chi­huly’s dra­matic works of art de­ci­sively set through­out the his­toric land­mark cam­pus to com­ple­ment the dis­tillery’s land­scape and ar­chi­tec­ture.

The ex­hi­bi­tion in­cludes Sum­mer Sun, a 12foot tall blown glass and steel sculp­ture; a col­lec­tion of five fiery-red Bas­kets; and an 18-foot wide Crim­son and Ch­est­nut Fiori Boat, which com­bines a range of forms massed to­gether in a tra­di­tional wooden boat. The Sap­phire and Plat­inum Wa­ter­drop Tower, which stands at ap­prox­i­mately 12-feet, is a clas­sic demon­stra­tion of Chi­huly’s de­sire to mass color on a steel frame­work for dra­matic ef­fect. For hun­dreds of years, blown glass pieces were small, in­tri­cately de­signed and ad­mired from atop a ta­ble.

The stark con­trast is ev­i­dent in Chi­huly’s Tow­ers that seem to rise from the ground like huge sta­lag­mites and have been an iconic aes­thetic of in­stal­la­tions in art mu­se­ums and botan­i­cal gar­dens world­wide. Like all Chi­huly sculp­tures, the Sap­phire and Plat­inum Wa­ter­drop Tower was de­signed ex­plic­itly for its lo­ca­tion, in this case, in front of the dis­tillery’s cel­lar and nat­u­ral wa­ter source. “Just as my grand­par­ents, the founders of Maker’s Mark, first en­vi­sioned, we’re com­mit­ted to en­hanc­ing our vis­i­tor ex­pe­ri­ence with cul­tur­ally im­mer­sive op­por­tu­ni­ties un­like any other dis­tillery in the world,” said Rob Sa­muels, the eighth-gen­er­a­tion whisky maker and Chief Op­er­at­ing Of­fi­cer of Maker’s Mark. “Cre­at­ing our hand­made bour­bon isn’t a job – it’s an art form. It’s an honor to have formed such a last­ing re­la­tion­ship with world-renowned artist Dale Chi­huly.” Chi­huly at Maker’s is one of sev­eral site-spe­cific in­stal­la­tions from Chi­huly that have been fea­tured at high-pro­file lo­ca­tions around the coun­try, in­clud­ing re­cent ex­hibits at Crys­tal Bridges Mu­seum of Amer­i­can Art, the New York Botan­i­cal Gar­den and the Catalina Is­land Mu­seum in Avalon, Cal­i­for­nia.

For more in­for­ma­tion, visit https://www.mak­ers­mark.com/chi­huly.

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