ONE LAST THING Chi­huly at Kew

Cel­e­brated con­tem­po­rary glass artist Dale chi­huly ex­hibits against the en­chant­ing back­drop of Kew Gar­dens

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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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