8 April 2019

8 reasons to see Chihuly: Reflections on nature

Our exhibition of artist Dale Chihuly’s work is perfect for art and nature lovers.

By Katie Avis-Riordan

Dale Chihuly's Summer Sun

1. The artworks

Visually stunning, colourful, and awe-inspiring, the Chihuly artworks on display here at Kew reflect the Seattle-based artist’s prestigious 50-year career.

This is your chance to see a wide selection of his art, including large-scale installations, sculptural works, and drawings.

You’re sure to find some great Instagram opportunities.

2. Many of the works have never been seen in the UK

Among the spectacular collection, several of the pieces are being exhibited for the first time in the UK.

One of these new artworks is suspended from the ceiling of our recently renovated Temperate House. Specially designed for the Kew exhibition, the piece takes centre stage in our cathedral-like glasshouse, complementing its wonderful architecture.

Dale Chihuly's 'Chartreuse Hornet Polyvitro Chandelier'
Dale Chihuly, 'Chartreuse Hornet Polyvitro Chandelier' (detail), 2001 © Chihuly Studio

3. Kew is a unique outdoor gallery space

You’ll get to experience an art exhibition in a location like no other. Our Gardens and glasshouses have been transformed into a one-of-a-kind contemporary outdoor gallery.

The art sits side-by-side our botanical treasures, from ancient trees to blooming flowers.

But it's not all about the outdoors. Head to our Shirley Sherwood Gallery of Botanical Art for a more intimate indoor experience and enjoy the stunning artworks on display. 

4. It’s perfect for art and nature lovers

If you love both art and nature, you’ll be pleased to hear this exhibition offers you both. As you walk through our beautiful Gardens, you’ll come across the inspiring artworks situated across the natural landscape.

Sapphire Star by Dale Chihuly
Dale Chihuly, 'Sapphire Star', 2010 © Chihuly Studio

5. You can go behind the scenes

Step inside our Shirley Sherwood Gallery Theatre to delve behind the scenes of Chihuly’s creative process. A film will show how the artist makes some of his striking artworks.

6. There’s something special for families

The beautifully illustrated Chihuly Family Trail booklet will help children and their families engage with the exhibition and spark their imagination through games and fun tasks.

Families can pick up a free trail for the duration of the exhibition from the Shirley Sherwood Gallery of Botanical Art. The lovely booklet also makes a nice keepsake.

7. You’ll be able to enjoy our other beautiful attractions

As the exhibition is included with entry to the Gardens, you’ll have the opportunity to enjoy all the rest Kew has to offer. Whether it’s the tropical plants of the Palm House, the impressive trees of the Arboretum or the architectural wonder of The Hive, there’s plenty to see surrounding the art. 

Dale Chihuly's 'Sapphire Star'
Dale Chihuly, 'Sapphire Star', 2010 © Chihuly Studio

8. There’s a unique night-time experience

Appreciate the artworks from a whole new perspective by coming to Chihuly Nights. This separate event offers the chance to see the artworks illuminated as the sun sets.

Chihuly Nights and Chihuly: Reflections on nature at Kew have now ended. 

Hero image: Dale Chihuly, Summer Sun, 2010 © Chihuly Studio

The Palm House Pond reflects blue sky

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