First time Dallas Art News Reporter Suzanne Burdett took a stroll through the Dallas Arboretum to take in the Dale Chihuly glass works on display throughout the gardens (see Legendary Artists Dale Chihuly Brings His Iconic Artwork to Dallas Arboretum). Chihuly will be on view at the Dallas Arboretum through November 5, 2012.
I stepped into the Dallas Arboretum and immediately notice the wonderful smells of lush trees and flowers that surround me. As I start my journey through the beautiful gardens, the first piece of Dale Chihuly art work that catches my eye is the Mexican Hat. At first glance it looks like red glass with bits of bright yellow swirling on top; however, it is actually composed of many beautiful vibrant red Mexican hats, a native Texas wildflower.
In the distance I see a bright Yellow Icicle Tower and as I get closer I notice that it actually is composed of porcupine like crystals shaped into a tower. In the background of this display there are also beautiful red and yellow like beanstalks that are coming out of the shrubs that only compliments the entire display.
As I make my way past the incredible icicle tower and toward a body of water, there are different colored balls placed all over the garden that actually remind me of different planets in our solar system. They are composed of neon, bright, bold beautiful swirls and designs, each with its unique story to tell. There is an infinity pool where a couple of sailboats sit with these beautiful planet-like balls reflecting off the water.
My next stop is the Persian Pond, which turned out to be my favorite exhibit. I love how Chihuly married the theme of the lily pond with his beautiful pearlescent lilies set carefully into the pond. It gives the pond a majestic like quality that actually intensifies the scenery.
As I cross over bridge there sits The Polvito Blue Crystals sprinkled throughout the creek. Last but not least is the Dallas Star exhibit. Can you see I am just holding it in my hand?
I found the Dallas Arboretum to be a perfect fit for Dale Chihuly’s vision of how his artwork should be experienced in an organic and vibrant setting. It would be interesting to see this exhibit again, especially when the season changes, as the lighting would bring new colors to Chihuly’s beautiful glass exhibit.
Dale Chihuly, an internationally celebrated artist, specializes in glass sculptures. He started out in Wisconsin by enrolling in the first glass program in the country in 1965 and finished his studies at the Rhode Island School of Design. Chihuly taught for more than a decade and in 1971 co-founded Pilchuck School in Stanwood, Washington. Currently Chihuly is focusing on his Garden Cycle, which began in 2001 in Chicago at the Garfield Park Conservatory.
The Dallas Arboretum is a perfect site to fit his amazing series and undoubtedly portray his creativity into such beautiful scenery.