From the dancing-waters of the expansive outdoor fountains, to the Chihuly-ceiling lobby of the hotel, hotspots link to the Conservatory and beyond.
Artist Dale Chihuly in 1998 crafted the Fiori di Como, a ceiling installation made of 2,000 hand-blown glass pieces. There are 40,000 pounds of hand-blown glass positioned fifteen to twenty-five feet above the lobby. According to Chihuly, “I’m amazed at what people find in my work, and I don’t like to limit what you see with a title. For me titles are very difficult, and I don’t usually even think in terms of a theme when I’m creating a sculpture. Once it’s finished I’ll come up with a title, but one person might see flowers, another something from the sea or something from a dream. Bellagio was inspired by the hotel on Lake Como, and I wanted to use the lake in the title – it’s so romantic. I used the word fiori (flowers), but everybody sees something different.”

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