Glassy-eyed in the Garden

Posted: January 7, 2022 in Art
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The Desert Botanical Garden in Phoenix is wonderful on its own but throw in glass creations by Chihuly (whoops, “throw” is probably a bad word around glass) and you ratchet up the descriptive scale to superb, awesome, amazing, etc. I loved the 2014 installation so I was excited to see another starting toward the end of last year and when my husband finally had a day off, away we went, purchasing a year’s membership the night before.

These three creations are permanent in the Garden, greeting visitors throughout the year. They’re quite tall, the better to turn the ever-present sun into a myriad of sparkles.

Most pieces are scattered along the paths that wind through one section of the garden but there’s also a gallery collection indoors. We’ll start there with these glorious creations. Not sure what you’d call them but wouldn’t you love to have one somewhere in your house? (Only if you don’t have children or wild parties!)

I didn’t know Chihuly did art but my guess is that these end up being translated into glass. My husband, who doesn’t like modern art, loved these.

There’s a lot more to see and we’ll see it over these next days. Stay tuned.

  1. That is awesome to visit a place like that!

  2. JT Twissel says:

    I think his decision to do art glass was a wise one!

  3. belocchio says:

    Janet, I am mad for Chihuly. One looks at glass holding your breath in wonderment – when you stand before his work. What a wonderful opportunity you had to view his art. Cheers Virginia

    • I’ve been fortunate enough to have seen his work a number of times but each time is just as amazing. I’m looking forward to going back after dark when everything is illuminated.

  4. Hammad Rais says:

    This looks truly mesmerizing. I’m sure you must’ve had a blast during your visit 🙂

  5. pommepal says:

    Such amazing and stunning art work Janet. Lucky you being able to stand in front of it and absorb its beauty. Thank you for sharing it and I look forward to seeing some more.

  6. Just gorgeous art work – outside with all the light and sky changes much make his works even more magical.

  7. de Wets Wild says:

    Not an exhibition you’d take Mr. Bean to!

  8. Wind Kisses says:

    Stunning! It doesn’t matter how many times you go, It’s always different. Inside, outside, nighttime, daytime.

    Beautiful captures Janet. Donna

  9. What a cool garden! I’m looking forward to seeing more of what you saw there.

  10. Prior... says:

    Hi Janet – my husband is picky about the art he likes also – and it is nice that your spouse found some he liked –
    also, the outdoor glass art must be hearty to withstand the weather.

  11. Those permanent ones at the beginning are stunning… oh, and you made me laugh. out loud:” (whoops, “throw” is probably a bad word around glass) “

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