The Musée des Arts Décoratifs in Paris, the piazzas of Venice, Jerusalem’s Tower of David Museum, and the Victoria and Albert Museum in London—these are just a few of the many places Dale Chihuly has displayed his magnificent glass artwork throughout his expansive career. Some of his most spectacular installations, though, have been at botanical gardens, where his curled and twisted organic glass forms mirror the plant life around them. So we’re lucky that this April the New York Botanical Garden hosts the legendary artist for an imaginative showcase revealing the transformation of his craft from his early work to now.
The exhibit (his first large-scale garden show in New York City in more than 10 years) includes 20 of Chihuly’s vibrant works. The reflection of light from the glass intensifies the beautiful colors of the garden, making it hard to believe these delicate masterpieces were once molten sand. While these creations are sights to see on their own, the glass is illuminated in the evening to create an entirely new viewing experience during the garden’s Chihuly Nights, when adults can enjoy live performances and other after-dark fun.
Why You Should Go: This sensory journey will be on display throughout the spring, summer, and fall seasons—offering the opportunity to look at Chihuly’s stunning work with fresh eyes every single time.
New York Botanical Garden
2900 Southern Boulevard, Bronx
April 22–October 29
Weekdays: adults $23, student/senior $20, children 2-12 $10, Children under 2: free
Weekends: adults $28, student/senior $25, children 2-12 $12, Children under 2: free
Feast your eyes on another breathtaking sight—the view from the Hudson Garden Grill: