A fragile beauty #Chihuly exhibition at # NYBG
Chihuly at the NYBG
The glass sculptures of Dale Chihuly currently exhibited at the New York Botanical Garden literally left me speechless. The fragile beauty of glass contrasting starkly with the verdant parkland will forever be imprinted on my mind.
It was a pleasant day, not too hot and a bit cloudy when we set off to NYC. The brilliant blue Sapphire Star at the start was just a taste of what was to come
Made of hundreds of sharp spires, it looked like a spiky ball!
Before we knew it , the Red Reeds on Logs (tall spears installed on logs from the Botanical Garden itself ) stood majestically before us!
An element of surprise ran through the entire exhibition.Imagine coming across a rustic boat with glass balls in a whimsical composition called The Boat Float anchored in the middle of an artificial pond?
Wasn’t this a wonderful teaser of the treasures inside? Here , amidst the exotic tropical plants are interspersed more installations like the White Belugas that seem to be natural blooms!
Or the mysterious Glass house Fiori .
What inspired them? What do they represent?
While the outdoor installations are dramatic and awe inspiring, so are Chihuly’s smaller works that are shown in the Ross Gallery & Hall.
A magnificent sculpture, The Blue Polyvitro Crystals, fashioned from a polyurethane resin heralds this part of the exhibition. It looks like ice cubes rising from the fountain!
Chihuly’s smaller works leave you marvelling at their breathtaking, ethereal beauty.
Dale Chihuly /tʃᵻˈhuːli/ (born September 20, 1941) is an American glass sculptor and entrepreneur. His works are considered unique to the field of blown glass, “moving it into the realm of large-scale sculpture.”  The technical difficulties of working with glass forms are considerable, yet Chihuly uses it as the primary medium for installations and environmental artwork.
He has had major exhibitions of his works worldwide and several of his sculptures are on permanent display .
Among many permanent exhibitions is one at Seattle, Washington so if you happen do be there, do drop in :
Chihuly Garden and Glass
305 Harrison Street
Seattle, WA 98109
He has also donated some of his works to Union Station at his hometown Tacoma, Washington.
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Disclaimer : The images used in this post are all mine save the Union Station End of Day which is taken from the artists’ web site.