Recently, I visited the Desert Botanical Gardens where there was an exhibit of Chihuly glass art. I have always enjoyed his work despite the controversy. He has been criticized because people say he doesn't do this art. Well, excuuuuse me! He doesn't actually now, but he used to. He permanently injured one of his eyes doing his work, so now he has apprentices who make the art glass acccording to his designs and instructions. Personally, I prefer seeing his work inside having seen installations at the Phoenix Art Museum several years ago. At that time, his drawings and paintings for making the glass was also on exhibit and they were as vibrant and beautiful as the glass.
The exhibit at the desert garden was different. Except for a few pieces, I loved it. My brother and his wife also went. My brother had heard of another controversy where he displayed floating glass bubbles in a lake or a pond, then destroyed the work in the water when the city couldn't buy his work. I looked all over the internet for this but could find nothing. Unless I see that this is true, I think it's a hoax.
In spite of these controversies, I love his work. This is near the entrance.
I particularly love the boat in the desert…would love to have this in my yard.
Not to be outdone, one of Arizona's giant yucca plants. This one is about 10 feet tall or more.
This is one that, while interesting, I didn't really care for. Sorry, but it reminds me of giant inflated condoms.
Last, but not least, there were several fountains at the gardens. This one, in particular, I would like to have in my yard. Three birds came to get a drink just as I took the photo.
See more photos of my time at the Desert Botanical Gardens here.
A YouTube video with Dale Chihuly speaking about his art and showing several different video clips of his exhibitions. This is over an hour long but worth it.