Thursday, October 23, 2014

Chihuly in the Garden

Dale Chihuly, Denver Botanic Garden, glass art

The genius of Dale Chihuly is on vibrant display at the Denver Botanical Garden.  The Chihuly “Garden Cycle” exhibit began in 2001 at botanical gardens around the country, displaying the unique language of glass art forms and nature. We visited the exhibit at the Dallas Arboretum a few years ago, but I must say the exhibit in Denver is fabulous! Visitors are mesmerized by colors and shapes of the glass sculpture in such a beautiful garden setting!

glass sculpture, Dale Chihuly, Denver

The rich orange and reds of the glass sculpture are an interesting counterpoint to the fall colored trees.

lily pond, glass sculpture, Dale Chihuly

A lily pond shimmers with green and purple reflections.

glass sculpture, Dale Chihuly

Japanese garden, glass art, Dale Chihuly

The Japanese Garden features giant and colorful glass floats in various shades of blue.

Dale Chihuly, glass balls

A wooden boat is filled with giant glass balls of tantalizing colors.

glass sculpture, Denver Botanic Gardens, Dale Chihuly

Rich red glass sculptures undulate on a grassy field, almost like they have been there forever.

European garden, glass sculpture, Dale Chihuly

This traditional European-styled garden is the perfect place for this very large glass tree creation.

glass sculpture, Dale Chihuly

A creatively inspired butterfly alights on a twisted glass branch sculpture.

tropical, Denver Botanic Gardens, Dale Chihuly

Red flower-form creations complement wild nature in the tropical greenhouse.

Denver Botanical Garden, glass sculpture, Dale Chihyly

We found the perfect spot to enjoy both lunch and Chihuly’s exotic shapes in the reflecting pool.  I can’t remember experiencing such a wonderful fall morning with wonderful glass art and nature mixed to absolute perfection! The Denver exhibit continues to November 30. There are still tickets available to see the exhibit lit up at night. The Fairchild Tropical Botanical Gardens in Miami, Florida, will exhibit Chihuly’s “Garden Cycle” from December 6 to May 31, 2015.

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