I have been a huge Dale Chihuly fan for years. Even before seeing his masterful installation at The Bellagio in Las Vegas, I had admired his bold work at exhibitions in Washington, D.C. and in New York. I even have a beautiful peach and gold “Chihuly” rose bush in my garden — which is about as close as I’ll ever come to owning anything with his name on it.
So you can imagine how excited I was to see that his fanciful glass works are now being shown here in Phoenix at our beloved Desert Botanical Gardens. Whether you are visiting the area or a resident, fans of his Bellagio work will definitely want to plan a visit to the gardens to see “Chihuly: The Nature of Glass.” It should be especially interesting to see his intricate works of art set against a backdrop of our stark native plants.
The show will be here until May 31, 2009, so there’s plenty of time to plan a trip to the gardens. Advance tickets are mandatory so visit the garden’s website for more information and to see some gorgeous pictures of just a few of the wildly colorful pieces included in this exhibit.