Neodymium

I thoroughly enjoyed my visit to Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts yesterday to view 12 Dale Chihuly installations.  I have seen lots of his colorful flowers and chandeliers before, but was most surprised by Neodymium Reeds (2008) which feature tall elegant glass rods displayed on Maine birch logs.

Photo credit:  Reuters/Chihuly Studio/Boston MFA

Apparently the element neodymium can be added to glass to create violet, red or gray colors.  Some types of glass containing neodymium are also used by astronomers to calibrate spectrometers.  Chihuly uses neodymium to describe the beautiful blue lavender color created in his Seattle studio.



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