I love Kew Gardens. It is such a beautiful, tranquil and peaceful park to go and spend a day. Of course the weather has to be good. You don’t want to go there when it is raining that’s for sure. Nevertheless, Kew Gardens is lovely and a great chance to get away from the city and surround yourself in nature and all sorts of exotic plants. So when I found out that one of my favourite artists, Dale Chihuly was doing his glass exhibition, Reflections on Nature, I died with excitement. It took me some time to go and visit. I wanted to go when the weather was right, during the summer. So I waited. It was August bank holiday and it was 30c, bingo! I found the perfect day.
I first found out about Dale Chihuly when I was in Seattle. Dale Chihuly is an American glass sculptor who creates art from glass. If you want to know more, he is worth a google, you won’t regret it, I promise! I went to visit his Garden and Glass Museum and was instantly mesmerized by his work. I was quite dissapointed I hadn’t heard of him before. I believed his work was worthy of more recognition and exposure so when I found out he was doing an exhibition in London, I was very pleased.
When I arrived in Kew Gardens, I got given a map with the route of the art pieces to see. It was nice that there was an organised route as the gardens are so huge, it would be easy to get lost and spend more time trying to find the pieces than actually seeing them!
There were about 12 pieces altogether to see outside and a small mini-exhibition inside The Shirley Sherwood Gallery of Botanical Art that included his smaller sculptures and drawings with a docu-video about how he makes them. Truly fascinating.
Some of my favourite pieces are:
If the pictures above don’t convince you to go and see it, I don’t know what will. I spent around 4 hours there enjoying and walking around the gardens. I enjoyed the exhibition so much that I ended up buying the souvenir guide book.
The exhibition is open till October 27th. For more information about it visit https://www.kew.org/kew-gardens/whats-on/chihuly-at-kew-reflections-on-nature