This spring when the New York Botanical Garden announced a new exhibition featuring Dale Chihuly, Rob and I knew we’d be making at least one trip to the world-class botanical gardens in the Bronx to catch a glimpse. Chihuly’s colorful blown-glass work can be described as “breathtaking works of art that dazzle with color, light, and form.” For years, I’ve loved seeing his work at various museums. I first saw a piece as a massive chandelier-like fixture in the lobby of the Victoria & Albert Museum in London. Then I saw more of his work on display at the Mint Museum in Charlotte. And just recently, Rob and I came across one of his sculptures hanging above the second floor rotunda at the Renwick Gallery in Washington, D.C.
We made our first trip to NYBG’s Chihuly exhibition on my birthday when we attended the annual Daffodil and Wine Festival. On that trip, we checked out some of his quirky, gorgeous glass sculptures sprinkled throughout the gardens, as well as the more museum-like display inside the library. We wanted to save the sculptures inside the conservatory for another planned visit! So last Friday night, we took a picnic to the Jazz + Chihuly concert on the lawn of the conservatory and then went inside to see the sculptures with all the greenery and flowers. I had never been through the conservatory at dusk, but it was spectacular. The Chihuly sculptures were all lit up and truly breathtaking.
Whether you go at night or at day, whether you visit the sculptures in the conservatory, the library, or around the gardens, just make sure you go! The Chihuly exhibition is running through Sunday, October 29, 2017.