Breathtaking Glass Sculptures by Artist Dale Chihuly Set to Bloom at Gardens by the Bay



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World-renowned Artist Dale Chihuly to Debut First Major Garden Exhibition in Singapore!

Venue: Gardens by the Bay
Date & Hours:
Flower Dome & Cloud Forest: 23 Apr – 3 Oct 2021, 9 am – 9 pm
Outdoor Gardens & Gallery: 1 May – 3 Oct 2021, 9 am – 9 pm (Mon – Fri) & 9 am – 10 pm (Sat – Sun)
Admission:
Free - $45

Dale Chihuly, a renowned multi-media American artist who is well-known for his large-scale blown glass sculptures, will be bringing his spectacular installations and sculptures to Singapore’s Gardens by the Bay.

The artist’s first major garden exhibition in Asia, Dale Chihuly: Glass in Bloom, will feature 25 of his magnificent large-scale installations, as well as more than 80 pedestal sculptures and two-dimensional works. Encompassing the essence of versatility reflected in glass art, this exhibition delivers unique and diverse experiences by implementing an eclectic mix of art and nature.

Exhibition highlights include Ethereal White Persians and the Setting Sun, among others.

*Updated 1 May 2021 with photos from the event. 

Highlights

Float Boat and Floats | Dragonfly Lake

Chihuly first filled boats with glass in Nuutajärvi, Finland, during the 1995 Chihuly Over Venice project. After several days of glassblowing, Chihuly started tossing glass forms into the Nuutajoki river to see how they would look in the environment. As the glass floated downstream it was retrieved in wooden boats by local teenagers, inspiring Chihuly to begin massing forms into wooden boats, for installations in museums and gardens.

Ethereal White Persians | Serene Garden (Fountain)

First exhibited in 1986 as part of his exhibition at the Musée des Arts Decoratifs, Palais du Louvre in Paris, Chihuly’s Persian series is a celebration of form, scale and color. Originally presented on pedestals, the series’ dramatic compositions have evolved to include installations mounted on walls, overhead on ceilings, and assembled in the form of chandeliers and towers. For Chihuly, Persians evoke an ancient sensibility and conjure notions of Venice, and the Near and Far East.

Setting Sun | The Meadow

A quintessential example of Chihuly’s daring approach to large-scale installations, the Sun reflects his lifelong interest in architecture and the natural world. A massing of color and form on a grand scale, the Sun has appeared in varying palettes, from bold combinations of fiery orange, red, and yellow, to more subdued hues of rich golds and clear glass forms. Since its debut in 1998, the Sun has been a featured installation at the 2002 Winter Olympic Games in Salt Lake City, and it has been on view at prestigious institutions around the world, such as the de Young Museum, the Salk Institute for Biological Studies, and London’s Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. Chihuly’s iconic Sun is in the permanent collections of museums including the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts and Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art.

The Sun that will be presented in Singapore is designed specifically for the exhibition.

White Tower | Flower Dome

Chihuly’s initial phase of extensive experimentation with Chandeliers culminated in the Chihuly Over Venice project (1995-96). Subsequent projects continued to challenge the artist to create large sculptures for spaces without ceilings or where the ceilings could not bear the weight of Chandeliers, giving life to the development of the Tower series.

Tickets – Singapore Resident Rate

Singapore Resident Rates are applicable to Singapore citizens, permanent residents and those living in Singapore, including holders of employment passes, work permits or dependent passes.

Flower Dome
Adult (13 – 59 years): $12
Child (3 – 12 years) / Senior (60 years and above): $8

Cloud Forest
Adult (13 – 59 years): $12
Child (3 – 12 years) / Senior (60 years and above): $8

Two Conservatories
Adult (13 – 59 years): $20
Child (3 – 12 years): $12
Senior (60 years and above): $15

Outdoor Gardens & Gallery
Adult (13 – 59 years): $16 – weekday | $20 - weekend
Child (3 – 12 years) / Senior (60 years and above): $12 – weekday | $16 - weekend

Outdoor Gardens & Gallery Weekday Season Pass
Adult (13 – 59 years): $45
Child (3 – 12 years) / Senior (60 years and above): $35

The Complete Experience
Adult (13 – 59 years): $32 – weekday | $35 - weekend
Child (3 – 12 years): $21 – weekday | $25 - weekend
Senior (60 years and above): $24 – weekday | $27 – weekend

Admission is free for the Dragonfly Lake, SG50 Lattice and Victoria Lily Pond.

SingapoRediscovers Vouchers issued by Singapore Tourism Board can be used for the purchase of tickets (for Conservatories and the shared experience package) via the Gardens’ ticketing site from 21 April.

Image credits Gardens by the Bay

Artwork ©️ Chihuly Studio 


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Malini Pannirselvam
Dedicated writer by day, avid reader by night, language fanatic all the time, and aunt to nieces and nephews every day

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