Abbe Lewis - April 4th, 2014
To commemorate the 60th anniversary of the Bourbon revolution, the famed Maker’s Mark Distillery in Loretto, Kentucky, revealed The Spirit of the Maker art installation by renowned glass artist Dale Chihuly on March 27. The 36 foot by 6 foot installation consists of 1,875 pounds of hand-blown glass, with each color representing something native to the distillery. Crystal blues were used for the distillery’s lake, brown and amber for the whisky’s hue, and bold crimson for the red wax associated with the iconic Maker’s Mark bottle.
This will be the first time Chihuly, known for his large-scale blown-glass sculptures, has installed a work in the Bluegrass state.
“I’m very excited about creating a unique installation at the Maker’s Mark distillery, one of the most beautiful and historic landmarks in the country, in celebration of their 60th anniversary,” states Chihuly.
The Spirit of the Maker is located inside a barrel rackhouse adjacent to the Maker’s Mark tasting rooms and can be viewed during regular visitor hours.
And up next for the distillery? A permanent exhibition of historic artifacts, including Bill Samuels Sr.’s original pot used to handcraft the first small batch of Maker’s Mark.