If you visit Maker’s Mark between now and October, the distillery’s beautiful stills aren’t the only piece of art you’ll come across. Starting this month, the historic Kentucky distillery is displaying a number of pieces created by renowned artist Dale Chihuly.
“Just as my grandparents, the founders of Maker’s Mark, first envisioned, we’re committedto enhancing our visitor experience with culturally immersive opportunities unlike any otherdistillery in theworld,” says Rob Samuels, the eighth-generation whiskey 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 DaleChihuly.”
From now through October 31st, admission to Chihuly at Maker’s is included in the $12 cost of a traditional distillery tour. Maker’s is also offering a special “Chihuly Nights” program on Saturdays between July 22-October 7th where visitors can see the display lit up at night. The distillery’s new restaurant, Star Hill Provisions is also open during those nights for cocktails and food.
If you’re in the Kentucky area (or plan to be before the end of October), you can snag tickets on Maker’s website here. Maker’s was nice enough to invite us to Kentucky for the day to check the beautiful installation out ourselves. If you aren’t going to have the chance to see it in person, you can see it in photos in the gallery above.
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Spirit of the Maker - This is the first piece you'll see when visiting Maker's Mark, specifically because it's located in the distillery's visitor center. The Spirit of the Maker has actually been on display at Maker's Mark since 2014 and was created as a tribute to Maker's Mark's traditional of Bourbon making.
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Red Reeds - These these tall glass pieces take two people to create. One glassblower is elevated in a mechanical lift while they're blowing through a pipe to make the glass extend, while another is at the bottom pulling the glass toward the ground.
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It took seven members of Chihuly's team to assemble the sculptures, which were blown in Chihuly's Seattle studio in Seattle and then transported to Seattle.
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Crimson and Chestnut Fiori Boat - The boat, one of Chihuly's signatures, is filled with nature-inspired shapes, including hornets, seal pups, and herons.
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The six Chihuly sculptures were installed at Maker's Mark over a period of nine days between June 19th and June 27th.
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Summer Sun - The summer sun is made of more than 1,600 twisting orange, red, and yellow pieces of glass.
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Amber and New Oak Chandelier - These chandeliers range in size from three to 15-feet in length. The pieces are carefully arranged and then attached to a steel armature.
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Red Baskets - These baskets are in varying sizes. There are three of them on display in the barrel room where Maker's Mark ages some of the blends its made for specific bars and restaurants.