December 11, 2012 By Jessica Mulholland
The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts has a glassblowing exhibit through February 10 -- all from artist Dave Chihuly. And in conjunction with this exhibit, the museum created and lauched the Chihuly app, which lets users shape virtual glass into pieces of artwork by simply blowing into the iPhone or iPad microphone.
As Geekwire reports, a steady breath can add new dimensions, while users also can choose from a variety of shapes (Fiori, Macchia and Seaforms), colors and textures. I created the piece above using the Macchia and Seaform shapes, while another user -- Ryan Ford -- employed all three shapes to create his "glasswork" (left).
Once you're done creating your piece of art, you can email it out, or post it to the museum’s website, Twitter or Facebook. According to the museum, the app is aimed at attracting a younger demographic -- one who might not be familiar with the artist.
The free app is touted as the first-ever glassblowing iPhone app.
Images from Chihuly
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