Chihuly: The Nature of Glass by Night
As night descends on the Desert Botanical Garden the Chihuly: The Nature of Glass exhibit becomes even more dramatic and intriguing. Photographs can’t fully capture the entire essence of the evening illumination.
Tickets are timed for four-hour blocks, visitors may enter at any time during the four-hours. The 4pm – 8pm ticket with arrival near 4pm allows time to see the exhibit in daylight, enjoy a snack or dinner break at the Patio Cafe during sunset and experience the glass and gardens under the clear Arizona night sky.
Reservations are strongly advised, evenings frequently sell out. Chihuly: The Nature of Glass exhibit runs through the end of May 2009. If you’re anywhere near the Phoenix area include a visit to Desert Botanical Gardens and the Chihuly exhibit. You’ve never before seen anything like it.
WOW – this looks spectacular! But, what happens to it after May 31, 2009? Does it go to another Botanical Gardens? I know we won’t make it to the Phoenix area to see, but I would still love to see it so I was hoping to track where it traveled too.
The pattern I’ve seen since following Chihuly’s work is that the exhibit venue will purchase a number of pieces for permanent installation. This is the first time he’s done one in a desert environment. Previous garden sites include Chicago, Atlanta, St. Louis and the UK – generally in conservatories. Each show is unique, he’s a master at matching natural features in his creative glass works of art. He has upcoming exhibits in Wausaw, Wisconsin and Flint, Michigan. Bob calls him the da Vinci of glass. Please check back in a few days, I plan to add an additional blog with daytime photos.
What beautiful photos! This must have been a stunning evening.
I, too, would like to know where Chiluly’s exhibit will be after May 1, 2009. Will it ever be in Palm Springs in ’09? If so, where will it be? Thank you.
Hi Patricia, I have not found any information about the Chihuly exhibit going to a specific site after it closes in Phoenix. You can check the Chihuly schedule of exhibits as well as permanent installations at http://www.chihuly.com/schedule.html. I’ve seen a dozen or more Chihuly exhibits and installations; the one at the Desert Botanical Garden is truly exceptional. The way some of the pieces fit into the natural landscape is creative genius.
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