Isn’t it great when you combine two things you love, and they turn out to be even greater than the sum of the parts? That was definitely the case for our recent trip to see CHIHULY at the New York Botanical Garden (NYBG).
Dale Chihuly has been on of my favorite artists since 2011 when Dan and I first saw his work at the Boston MFA. His exhibition “Through the Looking Glass” was stunning. His latest exhibition CHIHULY is currently on display at the NYBG. It’s his first exhibition in New York City in over ten years. Dan and I have been to NYBG several times before, but this was our first time bringing James.
It was a gorgeous sunny day, but a little bit cool in the morning, so I jumped on the chance for James and I to wear matching blue cardigans.
NYBG is a treasure in the Bronx. With 250 acres of wonderful walking paths and plant collections, it’s the largest garden of any city in the US. It made for a fantastic backdrop to Chihuly’s colorful works.
You can find installations throughout the garden. We started out with a stroll through the Native Plant Garden.
Chihuly’s “Float Boat”, “Koda 1”, and “Koda 2” were center stage in the Native Plant Garden.
Inside the Mertz Library several of Chihuly’s paintings are also on display. It was really interesting to see behind the scenes of Chihuly’s creative process.
As a lover of all things turquoise, I found my personal favorite outside the library: “Blue Polyvitro Crystals”.
Chihuly’s whimsical “Sol de Citron” stands proudly at the entrance to the Haupt Conservatory, calling visitors inside.
The Conservatory houses an amazing collection of tropical and desert plants year round. The glass works inside the conservatory play off the natural beauty of the plants to great effect.
CHIHULY is on display until October 29th. If you’re in the New York City area, go check it out. You won’t be disappointed.