This past weekend I went to Dallas to celebrate my stepmom Donna’s birthday. It was a special milestone birthday that shall not be announced because once you are thirty, you are thirty forever.
It was a very short trip that was jam packed with activities to celebrate Donna’s special day. One of those activities was a trip to the Dallas Arboretum to see the Chihuly exhibition.
Who’s Chihuly, you ask? Dale Chihuly is a glass blower extraordinaire who’s known all over the world for his astounding glass art.
With works displayed at the Louvre, the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, and the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, Chihuly is known for his fantastical arrangements of hand blown glass.
Chihuly installations can be seen in many places, but I think the most whimsical are his botanical garden installations like the one going on right now through November 5th at the Dallas Arboretum.
I especially enjoyed this experience because I don’t have much luck with plants. It was so nice to see the handiwork of expert gardeners. I might not like to garden, but I sure do enjoy seeing other people’s success with it.
I thought this would be bee central, but I didn’t see a single bee the entire day. Maybe it was because it was 100 degrees. I bet even bees have their limits.
It was such a pleasure to see this Chihuly exhibition. There are other opportunities to see his works across the country. And if you are lucky enough to live in the Dallas/Fort Worth area, you have through the fall to enjoy this masterpiece.
If you decide to go this summer, you might want to take in the Chihuly Nights exhibit. This will allow you to enjoy the installation in the evening when it’s lit up and glowing in the dark.
And if it’s that fantastic during the day, I can only imagine how beautiful it would be illuminated under moonlight.
How about you? Are you familiar with Chihuly? Have you been to the exhibit at the Dallas Arboretum?