Chihuly Charms Denver Botanic Gardens

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Currently at the Denver Botanic Gardens, renowned glass artist Dale Chihuly’s intricate, luminous pieces give viewers a glorious glimpse of the human imagination coupled with nature. The show runs through November 2014.

This is the latest in a series of botanic garden installations done by Chihuly, who also works in ice and neon. Concerns about hail damage were allayed when an installation in Dallas, TX, with thousands of glass pieces lost only six during a severe hail storm. “Chihuly glass is very tough,” says Britt Cornett, the head of exhibitions for Chihuly.

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Chihuly, who suffered an eye injury in an auto accident, no longer does the glass blowing himself. He works with his team of 80 people producing pieces in glass-blowing facilities in Finland and the Czech Republic, as well as his home studio in Seattle.

Dale Chihuly, renowned glass artist is based in Seattle, WA

Dale Chihuly, renowned glass artist, is based in Seattle, WA. (Note the footwear.) His eye-popping installation of lavender spikes and chartreuse swirls appears to grow out of the waterlilies at the lovely Monet pool.

The Denver Botanic Gardens is unique among gardens because it combines all of the arts, plus science, and no one in the history of art and gardens has done quite what Chihuly has.DSC_0681Chihuly & croppedDSC_0646waterlilies2DSC_0660pink tower


For a truly radiant experience, visit the gardens at night, when the pieces are illuminated, but sunlight creates a stunning play of color and light.


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For more information about Dale Chihuly and the Denver Botanic Gardens, visit

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