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Photo of the Week: Create Virtual Glasswork on Your iPhone

Virginia Museum of Fine Arts' new iOS app, Chihuly, lets users shape virtual glass into pieces of artwork by blowing into the iPhone or iPad’s microphone.

by / December 11, 2012
Virginia Museum of Fine Arts' new iOS app, Chihuly, lets users shape virtual glass into pieces of artwork by blowing into the iPhone or iPad’s microphone.

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

Jessica Mulholland Web Editor/Photographer

Jessica Mulholland has been a writer and editor for more than 10 years. She was previously the editor of Emergency Management magazine, and she loves that she can incorporate her passion for photography into her work as a part of the Government Technology editorial team. Jessica can be reached at jmulholland@govtech.com@jbronwen on Twitter and on Google+.