Last month my husband and I visited the Desert Botanical Garden to see an amazing exhibit by Dale Chihuly. Tickets were sold by timed admission and since our daytime temperatures were already hovering around 100 degrees, we chose to visit the garden at 8:00am.
We spent a delightful three hours marveling at about 15 impressive installations of brightly colored glass set amongst the rugged natural beauty of the desert. We were awed by the magnitude of the exhibit and the play of light, colors and shapes.
I had to search the Web to label the photos because the handout given with the ticket did not provide any information on the exhibit, just a bio of Chihuly. The photos are posted in the sequence we saw them, the first one being right at the entrance of the garden.
A few of the sculptures have Italian names and I’m guessing that they were part of Chihuly’s 1996 exhibit in Venice. There’s a PBS video on this exhibit which I haven’t seen but I’m hoping to see it soon in a rerun or find copy at the public library.
Scorpion Tails and Bamboo
Tiger Lilies, next to a rare crested saguaro.
Campiello Barbaro Chandelier
Squero di San Trovaso Chandelier
Crimson and Yellow Chandelier
Pink Mirrored Fiori
Blue and Green Ferns
Mexican Hat and Horn Tower