Dale Chihuly is an artist who is credited with turning glass making into fine art.  His ambitious works are exhibited as part of historic architectural sites, museums, and gardens around the world including Venice, the Palais du Louvre in Paris, and the Tower of David Museum in Jerusalem. His lifelong fascination with glass greenhouses has inspired a series of botanical garden exhibits including the one currently on display at the Desert Botanical Garden.

One of the most magical things about Chihuly’s exhibits is how they blend in with their surroundings.  In an interview, he mentioned that he wanted his glass art to blend in with the historic site, museum, or garden being visited so as to surprise the visitor.  That was certainly my experience with his art in Phoenix!

Here are three of my favorite Chihuly pieces on display through April 2014 at the Desert Botanical Garden in Phoenix, Arizona.  What do you think?  Do you have a favorite below?

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Chihuly Photo #1.  This piece is called White Tower.

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Chihuly Photo #2.  These twisting pieces of green and gold glass blended in with the cactus along the Desert Discovery Loop Trail.

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Chihuly Photo #3.  This gigantic blue sunburst piece was even more magnificent lit up at night.

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  1. i have always loved his work, these are beautiful )

    • It was such an amazing experience to see his work in the Desert Botanical Garden. First in the afternoon, then at dusk, and again when it was dark. Just magical!

  2. I love sculptures in the ‘great outdoors’ be garden, woodland, land, town or cityscape. They add to both the artwork and the scene when well placed and executed…..I wish more artists participated. But that said, your shot 3 is a great shot …a new piece of art in its own right. Have a good New Year.

  3. I’m with you! I fell in love with Chihuly’s work in Seattle as you might have seen in a recent post (http://lespetitspasdejuls.wordpress.com/2013/11/29/weekly-photo-challenge-let-there-be-light/) and I’m so glad to see new pictures of his work.

    I recently saw new pieces by him in the Casino of the Atlantis Aquarium in Nassau, Bahamas.

    my favorite today is #3.

    Happy New Year!

    • I just had a chance to visit your post. AMAZING! I’m so glad you shared it because I’m a bit behind in visiting the blogs I love. Happy New Year!

      • 😉 No worries, it was my pleasure! and surprise to see your post about Chihuly when I unexpectedly fell for him while I was in Seattle!

        Happy Discoveries!

      • I just left you a comment on your blog about any tips you have about Seattle. Thanks for any advice you have to share!

  4. Happy New YEAR! the last one is really festive!

    • I am excited with how that last one turned out, especially since I had to use a wall for a tripod. Happy New Year!

  5. I saw Chihuly for the first time in London in October and I was so intrigued by his work. These are all fantastic, but the last shot is just amazing! 🙂


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Shutterbug Sage began as a 365 photo project.


Art, One Thing, Three Ways, Photography


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