What if you spent every day looking for One Beautiful Thing?

Balloon Animals for Grownups



Chris Ahalt

I spend a lot of time waxing poetic about artists whose work I haven’t see in person. But today, I am thrilled to bring to you the work of one of my all-time favorite artists, Chris Ahalt. His beautiful creatures are made of hand-sculpted borosilicate glass and hand-forged copper ribbon, and they are so heart-breakingly beautiful, even though I’ve seen them in person on a number of occasions, I cannot find words to do them justice.

When I attended my very first Architectural Digest Design Show, I was honestly stopped dead in my tracks by this magnificent creature at the Chesterfield Gallery booth.  I got to appreciate her (I have decided it’s a her) at both the 2015 and 2016 Architectural Digest Design Shows. Then, out of the blue, I received an invitation to the New York opening of the Chesterfield’s New York gallery. As a sometimes art blogger, I occasionally get such invitations, but this one included the name Chris Ahalt, which made me sit up and take notice.

Of all the artists whose work I’ve ever profiled, these pieces are the hardest for me to resist. If we weren’t trying to save for retirement, his work would be MINE. I swear the purple elephant has haunted me for more than two years. Torture.

If you find yourself in New York, the Chesterfield Gallery is absolutely worth a visit. The space is lovely, as are the people, and the pieces really must be seen in person to be properly appreciated. The photos I took at the opening are here, in case you’re interested.

All images property of Chris Ahalt (or the Chesterfield Gallery).

Author: Donna from MyOBT

I have committed to spending part of every day looking for at least one beautiful thing, and sharing what I find with you lovelies!

23 thoughts on “Balloon Animals for Grownups

  1. These are amazing. I’ve never seen anything even approximating these. I was mentally shopping as I scrolled through the post and think I put at least half of them in my cart.

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  2. Since there is a link, I shared this with the few followers I have on Facebook. I think they are just amazing.

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  3. Once again you have introduced some talented people to me. I also see what you mean about the elephant…but I must admit the green one speaks to me a bit more–maybe because I have a teapot that exact colour and sheen.
    Oh, and while great, please don’t go crazy and start a Noah’s ark room in your hosue–you know, that one with the long picture hallway.

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  4. I hope you saved the narwhal for me. I adore the unicorn of the sea.

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  5. Really they are more beautiful than I deserve to see. Practically breathtaking or possibly really breathtaking. Thank you for this post. ~~dru~~

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  6. So cool! Such craftsmanship!

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  7. Shut up I want all of these.

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