ONE LAST THING Chihuly at Kew
Celebrated contemporary glass artist Dale chihuly exhibits against the enchanting backdrop of Kew Gardens
The American glass sculptor brings his works to the Botanic gardens once more
When we think of a sculptor’s materials, bronze, marble and clay are the first mediums that come to mind. Arguably much harder to work with, glass is little used outside of minimalist art installations. Yet glass is the material of choice for revered American artist Dale Chihuly and his works are anything but minimal. Those who like their art simple, look away now. Known for his exuberant, wildly colourful sculptures, Chihuly is celebrated for a technical expertise that pushes glassmaking to its limits. Taking on quasi-naturalistic forms, the repeated tendrils, spikes and curves of the artist’s work conjure up imaginings of Alice in Wonderland dream worlds, which match well with the beguiling gardens at Kew. Running from 13 April until late October, an exhibition of Chihuly’s work, Reflections On Nature, will be placed throughout Kew in a union of creativity and nature. Most compelling will be a specially crafted installation for the fabled Temperate House – Kew’s cathedral to all things botanical.
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