Today I had some appointments in Groningen, in the north of the Netherlands. On my way back to the railway station I walked past the Groninger Museum and noticed an exhibition by the US glass artist Dale Chihuly. I decided to use a bit of time to spare before taking the train back, and visit. Such spur of the moment decisions are made very easy because both E and I have a Museum card, which makes access to all Dutch museums free of charge, or with a small surcharge for special exhibits such as this one. It means only time and appetite determine the decision to visit an exhibition. And if it disappoints to simply walk out after a few minutes.

Chihuly’s work is about the artisanship involved in making large scale glass objects and installations. Forms, textures and riots of color. I find it endlessly fascinating to read the small stories about the difficulties of artisanal processes like these.

It’s why the hallway filled with notes, sketches, doodles and descriptions would have been enough of an attraction to me, although the finished objects often presented in combination with sketched preliminary studies were great too.

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Chihuly Groninger Museum

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  1. A busy week but not hurried.

    Several conversations with companies involved in narrative inquiry.
    Spent a day in Groningen for conversations, visiting the local modern art museum on the way back to the rail station
    Spent an evening in Enschede meeting an old friend from university
    Our cat was found after three days being lost out in the cold. Because she has a RFID tag, the people who found her could contact us. Spent some time nursing her back to health.
    Worked on benchmarking provinces on their open data efforts
    Worked on procurement conditions for open data
    Worked with Elmine on mutually helping each other to be more effective in our work
    Helped plan a session for small municipalities on open data, next month

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