Dale Chihuly‘s (b. 1941, Washington) magnificent works of art will be installed throughout many of the Garden exhibits, including the lush Rainforest, sprawling Palm Collection, picturesque Bailey Palm Glade Vista, and the new Wings of the Tropics exhibit, where they will be surrounded by hundreds of colorful and exotic butterflies.
His works are considered unique to the field of blown glass, “moving it into the realm of large-scale sculpture,” (Museum of Fine Arts, Boston). The technical difficulties of working with glass forms are considerable, yet Chihuly uses it as the primary medium for installations and environmental artwork.
Visitors can admire the luminous works of art reflecting off the surface of the palm-lined lakes, where art and nature will meld seamlessly together. Works is nestled next to the broadleaf plants and shimmering orchids of the continental U.S.’s only outdoor Rainforest exhibit. They stand tall alongside stately cycads and palms or lay low among vibrant bromeliads. Bright water lilies float beside them in the Victoria Amazonica Pool, uniting art with the magnificent colors of the tropical landscape.
Chihuly previously exhibited work in the Garden during the 2005-2006 and 2006-2007 Art at Fairchild seasons. For his exhibition, the artist will debut new works of art that have never before been exhibited. Special art viewings will be held throughout the season, including night viewings and activities during Art Basel Miami Beach.