Monday, August 26, 2013

Dale Chihuly Returns to the Desert Botanical Garden - November 2013 Details and Photos

Several years ago glass artist, Dale Chihuly did a magnificent installation at the Desert Botanical Garden in Phoenix. I was fortunate to have witnessed some of the preparations and visited the gardens several times to photograph the installation. So I was very pleased to hear that he is returning with a new installation.

The Desert Botanical Garden has announced that Dale Chihuly will be returning to the Desert Botanical Garden with a stunning exhibition of his extraordinary works of art.  

The upcoming exhibition, Chihuly in the Garden, will include multiple installation sites featuring his unique works of art located along the Garden’s trails.  The exhibition will open to the public November 10, 2013 and remain until May 18, 2014.

Chihuly is credited with revolutionizing the Studio Glass movement and elevating the perception of the glass medium from the realm of craft to fine art.  He is renowned for his ambitious architectural installations around the world, in historic cities, museums and gardens. Chihuly’s work is included in more than 200 museum collections worldwide including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Smithsonian American Art Museum and the Corning Museum of Glass. Major exhibitions include Chihuly Over Venice (1995-96), Chihuly in the Light of Jerusalem (1999), Garden Cycle (2001–12), de Young Museum in San Francisco (2008), the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (2011) and Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond (2012). Chihuly Garden and Glass opened at Seattle Center in 2012.

“Anticipation is so high around the Garden as we wait to see what magic Dale Chihuly will bring this time,” said Ken Schutz, the Dr. William Huizingh executive director.  “Last time we were amazed by the textures, colors and patterns of the art and how it seemed to exist side-by-side with the living plant collection.  We had a tremendous community response with record attendance and the feedback from our guests was unanimous, ‘We want more!’”

Chihuly in the Garden is presented by JPMorgan Chase.  Additional sponsors include APS, sponsoring Chihuly at Night (the 4 – 8 p.m. time slot) and Act One Foundation.

Chihuly in the Garden Exhibition Details
To make the visitor experience as enjoyable as possible, Desert Botanical Garden is instituting timed ticketing.  Timed ticketing is designed to control the flow of guests, ensure adequate parking and improve your viewing experience.
Dates:                  November 10, 2013 – May 18, 2014
Hours:                  8 a.m. – 8 p.m. with three timed ticket sessions
                            8 a.m. – Noon / 12 – 4 p.m. / 4 – 8 p.m.
Members will enjoy unlimited Garden admission based on their level of membership.  Members will need to reserve tickets online at or by phone at 480-481-8188, beginning Monday, September 16, 2013.  

General Public
The General Public will be able to purchase tickets for Chihuly beginning Monday, October 14, 2013.  Adults $22, Seniors $20, Students (12 -1 8 with and college with ID) $12, Children (3 -12) $10, Children under 3 admitted free of charge.   Tickets may be purchased online at or by phone at 480-481-8188.

Advance reservation or purchase is recommended for both members and non-members. Limited walk-up tickets may be available.  For reduced group rates call: 480-481-8104.