With HDTV, the newest Apple gadget or the car that drives itself, sometimes it feels like it’s pretty difficult to impress people. We expect the latest thingamajig to be 100 times better than the last version. We expect movie graphics to be amazing. We expect, we expect, we expect”¦
That’s why being unexpectedly blown away by Chihuly at Denver Botanic Gardens was such a nice feeling. I was genuinely amazed by the experience, and it’s a feeling that will stick with me for a very long time.
Despite being from the Pacific Northwest, the home of Chihuly, the artist didn’t really come to my attention until I saw a huge display of his work at a studio in Santa Fe, New Mexico a decade ago. Like most people, I loved it.
Fast forward, and today his work is everywhere and it always draws my eye. My husband recently crafted a beautiful custom Colorado blue-stained pine curio for a client’s Chihuly glass collection.
It seemed like Chihuly had been popping up everywhere when low and behold I got a press release stating his work would be displayed at the Denver Botanic Gardens.
I got a chance to visit with other media types right after the works were installed. The gardens are already astounding, but the addition of these glass artworks adds a sort of otherworldly ambiance.
Some fun facts:
It took 11 of Chihuly’s team members 11 days to install the artwork at Denver Botanic Gardens.
There are 14 site installations, each specifically designed for this garden.
One of the first pieces you’ll encounter as you enter is a big spikey glass beast called, “Blue Icicle Towers.” It has 650 “icicles.”
Inside the Japanese Garden you’ll find floating glass balls bobbing on the top of the pond as brightly colored coy swim below them. The old rowboat floating among the balls contains 185 glass sculptures.
Brian Vogt, the CEO of the gardens, is frequently asked if Denver’s summer hail storms will damage the sculptures, and he says no. The glass is strong and the plants around the sculptures are in much more danger of being injured by summer storms.
The Chihuly exhibit runs through November 30, 2014.
Don’t miss it.