Chihuly in the Garden
While on a short three-day trip back home, my family and I went to see Chihuly in the Garden at the Desert Botanical Garden in Phoenix.
As I mentioned in a previous post, we took J to the Botanical Garden to get a glimpse at every type of cacti out there. I don’t think I’d been to the Botanical Garden in almost a decade, and here I was going twice within six months. I call that maturing.
Famous glassblower, Dale Chihuly has exhibitions all over the world, from Norway to the U.A.E. (If you’ve been to Las Vegas’ Bellagio, you’ve probably seen his rainbow of glass flowers festooning the ceiling. My parents both saw his previous exhibition at the Botanical Garden, but I missed it. (I wasn’t quite as refined and mature last time.) So we decided to make it a family trip on a gorgeous 70-degree February afternoon.
Since I had been stuck in Boston getting walloped by snowstorm after snowstorm, walking around without a down-filled coat and snow boots on was a little slice of heaven.
Though all of the pieces were impressive—How did they get all the glass to the garden without breaking it?—my favorite two were the floating boat and the white “belugas.” The belugas caught the Arizona sun so perfectly; I was definitely seeing Chihuly’s vision in action.
If you want to see some art in the garden and miss the heat, stop by the Desert Botanical Gardens before May 18th. You can also see the pieces lit up at night on certain days in March and April. It’s definitely worth a trip!
Photography by me. February 2014.
Where to Find It:
1201 N. Galvin Parkway
Phoenix, AZ 85008