Chihuly at Kew: Reflections on Nature
A natural setting
I want people to be overwhelmed with light and colour in a way they have never experienced.
This summer, world-renowned glass sculptor Dale Chihuly returns to Kew with a spectacular collection of other-worldly works. His installations will be transforming the Gardens into an ethereal outdoor gallery – with a new, specially-designed sculpture suspended in the ornate Temperate House. This will remain a permanent fixture, adding to London’s growing collection of Chihuly’s works, including the Rotunda chandelier in the V&A Museum, and a stunning clear glass chandelier in the Foyer & Reading Room at Claridge’s.
A master of glass, colour and light, Chihuly draws inspiration from the world around him, creating art in two, three – or sometimes even four – dimensions. And his spontaneous use of form and colour doesn’t stop with sculpture; his drawings and paintings take on the same bold energy that characterises his vibrant glasswork.
In this exhibition, Chihuly’s luminous artworks combine art with science and nature, echoing the amazing diversity of specimens and architecture in Kew’s glasshouses and Gardens. As well as selections from his Drawings and Rotolo series, Chihuly will be exhibiting Seaforms, his collection of delicate, undulating tributes to the sea.
Children can also take part in the exhibition, following a specially-illustrated discovery trail around the Gardens. Or, as evening light fades, experience the illuminated magnificence of Chihuly’s sculptures at ‘Chihuly Nights’, with ambient music to guide you around the gardens and glasshouses.
13 April - 27 October 2019
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