Dale Chihuly: Glass in Bloom, the first of its kind in Asia exhibition of the Seattle artist’s works, is on display at Gardens by the Bay from 1 May to 1 August 2021.
The large-scale exhibition is the artist’s reimagination of Singapore’s iconic Gardens by the Bay’s landscapes in the form of 25 magnificent large-scale installations, as well as more than 80 pedestal sculptures and two-dimensional works. The works were shipped directly from Seattle to be installed on site at Gardens by the Bay.
“I’m thrilled to show my work in such a dynamic location in Singapore,” said Chihuly. “The natural world is an endless source for creativity, and it has been so inspiring to bring my work to life in this urban garden oasis.”
The artworks being exhibited at Dale Chihuly: Glass in Bloom are spread out around Gardens by the Bay. They can be found at the Cooled Conservatories, BayFront Pavilion and the Outdoor Gardens (World of Plants, The Meadow and Serene Garden).
Here are some of the exhibition highlights that are not to be missed.
Highlights at Dale Chihuly: Glass in Bloom
Float Boat and Floats
Chihuly first drew inspiration to fill boats with glass forms after observing local teenagers retrieving some into wooden boats. Now, you can view his works with boats filled with colourful glass orbs display at Gardens by the Bay’s Dragonfly Lake.
Reeds, with their long tubular shapes, are one of the most dramatic blown glass sculptures. At Dale Chihuly: Glass in Bloom, you can view crimson red glass reeds and at the Serene Garden and others at the Flower Dome.
Ethereal White Persians
Chihuly’s Persian series was first exhibited in 1986 as part of an exhibition at the Musée des Arts Decoratifs, Palais du Louvre in Paris. The Serene Garden has a fine sculpture from the series and they are particularly exquisite looking in the evening when they are lit up in brilliant white.
Cloud Forest Persians
Hanging down dramatically by the entrance of the Cloud Forest is another glass Persian sculpture. It acts as a complementary companion to the the rushing waterfall of the Cloud Forest.
This unique exhibit is a mass of colour and form, and was designed specifically for the Dale Chihuly: Glass in Bloom exhibition at Gardens by the Bay. The big ball of red and yellow can be easily spotted from far away at The Meadow.
Made up of many irregular-formed white, opal and blue glass discs, Moon was created for the Chihuly in the Light of Jerusalem 2000 exhibition. The glass sculpture glows with tranquility at the Serene Garden.
Palazzo Ducale Tower
The Palazzo Ducale Tower stands as a pillar of light within the Serene Garden. Its many glass tentacles flame upwards and outwards to create a mesmerising glass sculpture.
Dale Chihuly: Glass in Bloom
There are several different options available for those who wish to view Dale Chihuly: Glass in Bloom.
You can visit the sculptures at the Cloud Forest and Flower Dome with Cooled Conservatory admission tickets, available from $20.
Tickets to just the exhibits at the Outdoor Gardens and gallery at BayFront Pavilion are available from $16 for Singapore Residents.
A Complete Experience Ticket, which provides access to the Outdoor Gardens, Galleries and the two domes, is available from $27.