Dec 152013
 

Chihuly in the Garden

Artist Dale Chihuly works on display at Desert Botanical Garden in Phoenix, Arizona

With over 55 acres under cultivation, over 50,000 plants displayed in outdoor exhibits and a variety of special events scheduled throughout the year, the Desert Botanical Garden in Phoenix, Arizona is always a great place to visit. It became particularly delightful the winter  of 2014 with the Chihuly in the Garden.

Artist Dale Chihuly is an American glass sculptor, credited with revolutionizing the Studio Glass movement. His works are unique in the field of blown glass. After receiving a Fulbright Fellowship in 1968, he worked at the Venini glass factory in Venice, where he observed the team approach to blowing glass, an approach critical to his work today. His works, which include delicate fluted bowls as well as vibrant, large-scale architectural pieces, are displayed in more than 200 hundred museum collections world-wide.

Chihuly in the Garden: Blue Flori Sun

Chihuly in the Garden: Blue Flori Sun

Chihuly in the Garden: Summer Sun

Chihuly in the Garden: Summer Sun

The Chihuly sculptures are placed throughout the garden, sometimes providing a brilliant blast of colour amid the green hues of the desert flora, sometimes blending in so subtly with the landscape you don’t immediately realize they aren’t growing there naturally.

Chihuly in the Garden: Citron and Yellow Flori

Chihuly in the Garden: Citron and Yellow Flori

Chihuly in the Garden: Black and White Reeds and Flori

Chihuly in the Garden: Black and White Reeds and Flori

Chihuly in the Garden

Chihuly sculpture at entrance to Desert Botanical Gardens

Chihuly in the Garden: White Tower

Chihuly in the Garden: White Tower

Chihuly in the Garden: Sonoran Boat and Blue Crystals

Chihuly in the Garden: Sonoran Boat and Blue Crystals

Chihuly in the Garden: Neodymium Reeds and Black Niijima Floats

Chihuly in the Garden: Neodymium Reeds and Black Niijima Floats

Chihuly in the Garden: Polyvitro Chandelier

Chihuly in the Garden: Polyvitro Chandelier

Chihuly works with four materials: glass, plastic, water, and ice. Polyvitro is the name he coined for a type of polymer his team created. He uses it for works that weigh less than glass.

Chihuly in the Garden: Polyvitro Chandelier balls

Chihuly in the Garden: Polyvitro Chandelier balls

Chihuly in the Garden: Red Reeds

Chihuly in the Garden: Red Reeds

Chihuly in the Garden: Scarlet and Yellow Icicle Tower

Chihuly in the Garden: Scarlet and Yellow Icicle Tower

Chihuky in the Garden

Chihuy sculpture at entrance to Desert Discovery Loop Trail

Chihuly in the Garden: Erbium Pink Flori

Chihuly in the Garden: Erbium Pink Flori

Although the Chihuly exhibit is no longer running, the Phoenix Desert Botanical Garden is well worth a visit. You can check the Dale Chihuly site for a listing of current Chihuly exhibitions in other locations.

PIN ITChihuly exhibit at Desert Botanical Garden in Phoenix

Note: This post is linked up with Travel Photo Mondays

  18 Responses to “Chihuly in the Garden”

  1. The sculptures are gorgeous! Thanks for sharing.

  2. Amazing Donna! Never seen anything like these sculptures

  3. What fabulous photos! Thanks for sharing. I love the glass sculptures. They really meld nicely with the wonderful cacti.

  4. Thanks Eva, Gail, and Doreen for the comments. It really is a spectacular exhibit. I will be visiting it again.

  5. Very beautiful! I think staring at something like that long enough would inspire me to write a story for the first time in ages, or at least a poem or two!

  6. In all the times I’ve been to Phoenix I have not visited this garden. The photos are stunningly beautiful. Thanks for sharing this with us. Makes me want to consider a special trip. LOL.

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  7. Oh WOW, are those glass sculptures ever beautiful. I had herd of this event from friends in Phoenix and would love to go sometime. Thanks for sharing this.

  8. Those glass sculptures in the midst of the cacti are quite striking. I’ve a thing for glass, so this is really interesting to me and something I would make a point of seeing if I’m ever in the area.

  9. Thanks Steve, Patricia, Susan, and Jeri for the comments. The Desert Botanical Gardens are worth a visit any time you’re in Phoenix. But the Chihuly Exhibit makes them extra special.

  10. Wow! Those sculptures are so cool and add some incredible color to the desert landscape.

  11. Bloggers Helping Bloggers finds me another beauty! Those pictures are awesome Donna. Keep living the snow bird dream! (no idea what that means btw)

  12. Last December, that very exhibit was at the Dallas Arboretum and had actually been extended from the fall months due to its extreme popularity! My mom and I went and the moment I saw your first picture, I knew it had to be the same exhibit! I have many of those same pictures but in a completely different environment. I revisited my photos and then looked again at yours. What fun to see the same Chihuly pieces evoking different feelings because of what’s around them. I love all of his work, no matter where I get to see it! One of my favs for sure!

  13. What are the beautiful pictures, Donna! I would never know about Dale Chihuly, if I’d never read this post…

  14. I’ve been a fan of his since seeing a PBS special on him a couple of years ago. I love that his work is on display like this. They look so natural and delicate. I wonder if they ever break? Thank you for the wonderful photography!

  15. What a gorgeous exhibit in a beautiful location. I hope they make it to Philly someday. I’d love to see this exhibit in person although I must say your photos are definitely the next best thing!

  16. Thanks for comments, Gabbi, Greg, Pamela, Oksana, and Meredith. It would be interesting to see the pieces in another environment. Now that I’ve seen them amid the cacti, it’s hard to imagine them somewhere else. I also wondered if they ever break.

  17. I love Chihuly’s glass work. It definitely adds color to the desert!

  18. Wow, Chihuly adds so much vibrant color to the desert landscape. The work is beautiful as are your photos. Thank you for sharing this.

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