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October 31, 2017

Catch a Glimpse of Chihuly Nights at the New York Botanical Gardens

by Anne Verhallen

July 10th, 2017

Rarely will you see a garden so packed.
I’m in line at the entrance of the New York Botanical Gardens for Chihuly’s exhibition, the couple queuing behind me asks if this is the line for ticket-holders.

Given most nights are sold out the answer is, yes.

The line is filled with extravagantly dressed art fanatics, tourists, and families paying a visit on an off-school night.

© The New York Botanical Gardens

The NYBG is located in the Bronx, one of the five boroughs of New York City located north of Harlem. The garden was founded in 1891 and is the largest botanical garden in the United States.

Chihuly Nights celebrates world-renowned artist Dale Chihuly’s bold and innovative work, the exhibition includes more than 20 installations and is one of the first big-scale garden exhibitions of his work in New York in over ten years. 

With installations specifically created for the NYBG, the pieces stand out around the garden with their incredibly vivid colors and intricate shapes. The shapes fit seamlessly within the landscape creating a coherent relationship between the pieces and the garden’s raw natural grandeur.

Live music is performed throughout the exhibition, accompanying the large number of visitors, carrying them from one installation to the next. When the music is too far to reach you, the crickets play their part and create their version of a summer night’s symphony.

© Robert Benson Photography

Chihuly’s works stand out in-between the garden’s landscapes with their bright and interesting colors, some installations stand proud and grab your attention through their strong shapes, while others blend in introvertly making themselves almost invisible.

Chihuly Nights does a great job at stimulating your senses. Perhaps what’s most interesting in how the sculptures feel at home within the garden, I can’t think of a better place to display them than by being surrounded by nature’s own art.

The spirits are high, the audience is happy, fascinated and satisfied. The whole exhibition was an incredible once in a lifetime experience.


Words by Anne Verhallen // All images courtesy of © The New York Botanical Gardens.

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