World-renowned artist Dale Chihuly, famous for his impressive work in blown glass, is bringing his extensive collection to Singapore. Dale Chihuly: Glass in Bloom will see the artist bring his large-scale installations and sculptures to Gardens by the Bay. The exhibition will run from 1 May till 1 August 2021.

Chihuly is an award-winning multi-media artist known for his installations in museums, gardens, and public spaces around the world. For more than 50 years, he has pushed the boundaries of glass, reinventing natural and man-made environments with his experiments in light, space and form.

Float Boat Dale Chihuly
Dale Chihuly, Float Boat, 2014, Denver Botanic Gardens. (Image: Chihuly Studio)

The installation here marks Chihuly’s first major garden exhibition in Asia. Glass in Bloom will allow visitors a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to view an extensive collection of the celebrated artist’s works.

“I’m thrilled to show my work in such a dynamic location in Singapore,” says Chihuly. “The natural world is an endless source for creativity. It has been so inspiring to bring my work to life in this urban garden oasis.”

Glass In Bloom

Chihuly’s colourful glass sculptures first gained popularity in America in the ’70s.  His stunning masterpieces have been exhibited before in Kew Gardens, London, and the New York Botanical Garden. Gardens by the Bay will be the first Asian national garden to host his stunning masterpieces.

Although this marks the artist’s first formal garden exhibition in the region, Chihuly has an existing legacy in Singapore. His large-scale permanent installations still resonate at Resorts World Sentosa and at the Ritz-Carlton, Millenia Singapore.

Dale Chihuly, Temperate House Persians, 2018, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, London, installed 2019. (Image: Chihuly Studio)

Glass in Bloom will see 25 of his magnificent large-scale installations being displayed along with 80 pedestal sculptures. Together, the pieces will be utilised to reimagine the landscapes of Gardens by the Bay.

Among the exhibition highlights are Chihuly’s majestic Setting Sun, and Moon. The large spherical installation was last presented in the artist’s landmark exhibition, Chihuly in the Light of Jerusalem 2000. Visitors will see Ethereal White Persians at the Serene Garden, and Cloud Forest Persians, a study in scale and translucency which debuted in 2019 at the Royal Botanical Gardens, Kew, in London.
These large-scale works, which measure up to 10 metres in height and weigh as much as 3,600 kg, were curated and designed to complement the spaces within Gardens by the Bay’s Flower Dome, Cloud Forest and outdoor gardens. A full list of Chihuly’s artworks will be announced later.

Click here for admission details about Dale Chihuly: Glass in Bloom.

written by.
Richard Augustin
Former chef turned writer; Richard has tip-toed around the publishing industry for two decades. When not busy chasing deadlines, you can still find him experimenting with recipes in the kitchen.

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