Art and Nature Mix at the New York Botanical Gardens
By A. E. Colas, Contributing Writer, April 18, 2017
Dale Chihuly is considered to be one of the finest artists working in glass today. His site-specific installations at art institutions, public spaces and gardens across the world have brought attention to its beauty, as well as respect for the skill that goes into making it. Starting in the mid 1960’s Chihuly has studied and expanded the boundaries of what is possible in glass blowing and design, using new techniques in creating shapes, tools, and displays — then leading a team of experienced glass blowers trained by him to achieve breathtaking results. As he says, “I want people to be overwhelmed with light and color in a way they have never experienced.”
The New York Botanical Garden is presenting an exhibit of this legend of American art that includes drawings, early works and new site-specific installations simply entitled: CHIHULY. The Garden is uniquely qualified to complement and enhance these masterpieces of glass, with the change of light and colors of the landscape through three seasons. Besides visiting during daylight hours, visitors can also buy tickets to see the sculptures at night (Saturdays: April – June, Thursdays: July – August, and Thursday through Saturday: September and October) and enjoy the garden in a new way.