These Mesmerising Glass Sculptures Are Now On Display At Kew Gardens

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Last Updated 17 May 2019

These Mesmerising Glass Sculptures Are Now On Display At Kew Gardens

Which incredible species of plant is this? Er, glass.

Chihuly's work takes inspiration from nature. Image: Shutterstock

The great Dale Chihuly's mind-blowing glass sculptures return to Kew Gardens in April — 'blooming' in flower beds, lakes and glasshouses.

Summer Sun. Maker's Mark Distillery, Loretto, KY. © Chihuly Studio

The Seattle artist's incandescent works will be appear across the grounds, as part of Chihuly at Kew: Reflections on Nature.

Sapphire Star. The New York Botanical Garden, Bronx, NY. © Chihuly Studio

The celestial, vibrant blue, Sapphire Star will welcome visitors through Victoria Gate. Chihuly's Rotolo series — the most technically challenging work he's ever created — will be on display. So too, will Seaforms, undulating shapes that conjure up visions of underwater life.

Cerulean Blue Macchia with Spectra Yellow Lip Wrap © Chihuly Studio

Chihuly is no stranger to London: you can see his immense chandelier hanging in the rotunda of the V&A (it's a nightmare to clean), while past exhibitions at Kew Gardens have seen his works materialise in boats floating on lakes, and inside its glass houses.

A Dale Chihuly exhibition at Fairchild Tropical Garden, Miami. Image: Shutterstock

The exhibition will also have Chihuly Family Trail — available to children and their families at weekends and school holidays — while a night-time experience will see the installations glow ethereally in the gardens.

Green Hornets and Gold Waterdrops, 2010. Cheekwood Botanical Garden and Museum of Art, Nashville, Tennessee. © Chihuly Studio

Chihuly at Kew: Reflections on Nature is at Kew Gardens from 13 April-27 October 2019. Entry included in general entry