Iconic artist Dale Chihuly is exhibiting his spectacular glass artworks against the backdrop of Kew Gardens, one of London’s most beautiful landscapes. Visitors can peruse 32 installations spread across the gardens, including the vibrant blue Sapphire Star, a magical visual experience where the sculpture’s individual glass elements meet at the centre and becoming increasingly opaque.
A brand new sculpture is suspended from the ceiling of the recently refurbished Temperate House – the world’s largest surviving Victorian glasshouse – alongside nine other artworks. Meanwhile Kew’s Shirley Sherwood Gallery of Botanical Art will be showcasing a film detailing Chihuly’s creative process, as well as 12 bodies of his work including Seaforms, delicate undulating forms of underwater life.
During the summer months, visitors can see Chihuly’s work in a different light during an after-dark experience, complete with a rotating line up of live musicians. If you time it right, you can watch the sun set over Kew Gardens while Chihuly’s work glows under the evening sky.
Seattle-based artist Chihuly, famous for his dazzling glass sculptures, has been producing art for 40 years, and his work has been exhibited in more than 240 museums around the world. Thirteen years ago, Kew Gardens was home to Chihuly’s last major outdoor show in Europe, which was one of Kew’s most popular exhibitions ever held. The new exhibition is set to attract a similar fanfare, with many of the sculptures never seen before in the UK.
He says: “I am honoured to bring my work once again to Kew, with its magnificent landscape and extraordinary glasshouses–structures which have always captivated me. How do you describe a beautiful building like the Palm House or the Temperate House? We are planning something special for the centre of the newly-restored Temperate House and I’m excited to see it come to fruition.”
Kew Gardens, Richmond TW9 3AB
13 April-27 October 2019
For more information, visit kew.org