Sensual Northwest Glass meets the Rugged Southwest

I must admit that when I moved to the Phoenix area, it never occurred to me that I’d have the chance to see a major exhibit of a Northwestern artist’s work like back home.  And yet, Dale Chihuly has partnered with the Desert Botanical Garden of Phoenix to bring his brilliant works to the Valley of the Sun.  Set among the thousands of types of cacti, succulents, trees, and scrub are twenty some different installations.  This is his second exhibition at the DBG; his first was back in 2008 and was called “The Nature of Glass. ”  Given the myriad ways solid plant forms, translucent glass and light interact in the three dimensions, mere pictures cannot convey all there is to see, if one is able to see the works in person and at different times of day.  But I wanted to give my friends a look at the surprising beauty of these very different worlds.  If I am able to go back for a night visit and take shots worth posting, I may do a follow up, and if you can see it in person, definitely do so, but for now, here’s a look at the Desert Botanical Garden’s “Chihuly in the Garden” (November 10, 2013 – May 18, 2014). 


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