Chihuly in the Garden

A few weeks ago my Arranger and I visited friends in Atlanta, GA to hear world class violinist Joshua Bell play the Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra. It was magnificent, a performance for the ages.

While there we visited the Atlanta Botanical Garden to see a special exhibition of the works of Dale Chihuly, one of the world’s master glass artists. The twenty pieces in the exhibition were created specifically to be displayed in a garden. And what a display it was.


It was difficult to select a favorite, but I will do so. This fountain is beyond description.


I will let these images speak for themselves. Click on the individual photographs for full screen viewing and cycle through them.

The piece featured on the cover of the Exhibition Guide is extraordinary; it contains over a thousand individual pieces of sculptured glass.


To enhance the viewing experience, all twenty pieces were lighted in the evening. I had some difficulty with my camera getting night shots, so I am able to show only these two:

I understand that the exhibition will be moving to other gardens. Please be on the lookout for this exceptional show if it comes to your area.

About johnvic8

John Viccellio retired after 24 years in the U. S. Navy and began to dig into gardening when he could finally land in one place. He completed the Master Gardener course in 1992 and has since designed and constructed two of his own gardens. He wrote a monthly garden column for ten years and was a regular contributor to Carolina Gardener magazine. John published his first book, Guess What's in My Garden!, in 2014. He lives in Stallings, NC with his wife, in close proximity to six of his eight grandchildren.
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26 Responses to Chihuly in the Garden

  1. Barbara Speir says:

    John, we saw this exhibit earlier in the summer. It was spectacular during the day and so amazing at night. I wish we had heard Joshua Bell. You must have had a wonderful weekend.

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  2. Seeing a Chihuly installation was on my bucket list for many years and I finally managed to get to one several years ago in Dallas. Love, love, love his work. If you ever get to Oklahoma City their art museum has a whole floor of his work! If you’d like to read it, here’s my blog about my obsession with his work!

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  3. lcunning51 says:

    Thanks for sharing…I have seen Chihuly’s work in Pittsburgh, PA…….so amazing…Laura C.


  4. Pauline says:

    What a wonderful time you had! The sculptures are absolutely stunning, I don’t think we have anything like that over here.


  5. Christina says:

    Thanks for showing these amazing sculptures to us John. I think I may have seen some of his work at the Arizona Botanic garden when I visited a few years ago. I love the first one in the fountain.


  6. Chilhuly is one of my favorites. I have seen his work in galleries and museums, but not in a garden yet.


  7. Chihuly does great work. I am impressed with the fountain. Don’t worry, your night shots are splendid! I hope I am able to see this exhibition too!

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  8. FlowerAlley says:

    Lucky you. This is spectacular.


  9. Heyjude says:

    The only time I see Chihuly’s fabulous work is on the blogs of other people. You are so lucky to see the exhibition and especially in a garden. I would love to see this and thanks to you I have!
    Thanks John for linking to me. 🙂


  10. Morry Alter says:

    Nice work John. Morry


  11. Susi Lovell says:

    What fun to see these pieces in a garden! We are lucky enough in Montreal to have Chihuly’s ‘Soleil’/’Sun’ (the one with the thousand pieces) thanks to a very generous donor. The Musée des Beaux Arts has now taken it down for the winter. In the spring when they put it up again (always fun to watch) the Musée gives out free red, yellow and orange ice lollies!


  12. johnvic8 says:

    Chihuly is a genius. Just think of our reactions to seeing his pieces in the garden. I might even be tempted to use the term “awesome.”


  13. lexklein says:

    I like Chihuly’s work well enough on its own, but when his pieces are displayed in a garden setting, they explode! I saw such an exhibit at the Garfield Park Conservatory in Chicago, and I loved it so much, I dragged my husband, then my kids, then groups of my friends over and over again until it closed!


  14. Steve says:

    Amazing what you can do with glass. I wonder what they would be like after a year sited in the garden.


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