Fantastical glass sculptures at Kew Gardens

In the most biodiverse place in the world, you will see the perfect marriage of art, science and nature as Chihuly’s dazzling sculptures transform our gardens and glasshouses into a contemporary outdoor gallery space.

Kew Gardens

I’d heard about Dale Chihuly’s “Reflections on Nature” sculptures at Kew and was keen to see them myself. To say I was speechless is an understatement, but not for the reason you think. Yes, the 30 sculptures dotted around the gardens and in the Temperate Greenhouse are visually stunning, colourful and thoughtfully placed around the gardens, so that you have to search for them.

But my mind boggled at how they got to the gardens and were installed without breaking? Sadly, I didn’t have time to visit the Shirley Sherwood Gallery Theatre to get a sense of Chihuly’s creative process. That will have to wait for another time.

Uniting color, light, form, and space to deliver uniquely immersive experiences, Chihuly has completed ambitious architectural artwork installations all over the world. Inspired by a lifelong interest in architecture and gardens, Chihuly creates site-specific sculptures for a wide variety of settings, from public spaces and museums, to private homes and gardens.

Chihuly website

This one impressed me the most, hanging from the centre of the Temperate Greenhouse roof.

Sapphire Star at the Victoria Gate

I believe that some of the sculptures are illuminated at night time – they must look amazing. I’m so chuffed that these stunning sculptures were part of my very first visit to Kew Gardens – it makes it special somehow.

This post is part of my Experiences series

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