Wow, CHIHULY! I’ve heard about the art exhibition, at the New York Botanical Garden, for some time now and finally got the chance to visit. Now I see what all the fuss is about! Chihuly’s glass art pieces are simply stunning against the back-drop of the vast botanical garden.
Dale Chihuly is a world-renown artist, who primarily works with glass, ice, water and neon. He is famous for his site-specific installations in public spaces, where his art works truly come alive. The exhibition CHIHULY at the New York Botanical Garden is the perfect example. Over 20 installations can be found in the botanical garden’s grounds and buildings. As their website says, “The Garden’s dramatic vistas become living canvases for work created specifically for NYBG, showcasing Chihuly’s signature organic shapes in brilliant colors”.
The exhibition is a lot of fun to see, with pops of bright colors against the greens of the gardens. His installations can be found in various places throughout the 250 acres, including the Native Plant Garden, the Reflecting Pool, the Haupt Conservatory, the Lillian Goldman Fountain of Life, the Visitors Center and more.
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Both kids and adults enjoy the exhibition as it’s beautiful, playful and fun. My girls particularly enjoyed walking around and searching for each sculpture – it was sort of like a scavenger hunt, checking off each item we found. The Interactive Guide, an online guide, or app, has a map of the garden with each installation, and a description of the piece to go along with it. This was a big hit with my girls – being able to locate and learn about each art work – and it kept them thoroughly entertained.
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The CHIHULY exhibition closes on October 29 so hurry now while you can! It’s best to purchase tickets ahead of time on the NY Botanical garden’s website. Note, the lines were very long when we were there; thank goodness we had already bought tickets. In general it was very crowded too. I think the combination of the unseasonably warm weather and the fact that the exhibition closes on Sunday was a double whammie. But, for us, we were able to get past the crowds because the art work was just that good.
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