Major new show at Kew Gardens to celebrate the dazzling glass sculptures of Dale Chihuly

Sapphire Star, 2010. Dale Chihuly © Chihuly Studios

Seattle-based, iconic artist Dale Chihuly will be exhibiting his luminous, utterly unique glass artworks at Kew Gardens next April, one of London’s most spectacular landscapes, in a perfect marriage of art, science, and nature.

Famous worldwide for his dazzling coloured glass sculptures, Chihuly’s work has been exhibited in an incredible 240 museums around the world, over his 50-year career. As well as glass, Chihuly uses paint, charcoal, graphite, neon, ice, and Polyvitro to explore possibilities and realise his vision.

A reverie of form, colour, and light, Chihuly’s exquisite artworks are often described as exaggerated celebrations of what is found in nature. As the most biodiverse postcode on the planet, Kew’s breath-taking landscape is the ideal home for such work. Visitors will explore the Gardens and make discoveries in their own time, experiencing surprise and wonder at what they find – graceful, luminous colour juxtaposed with the solid earthiness of nature.

"I am honoured to bring my work once again to Kew, with its magnificent landscape and extraordinary glasshouses – structures which have always captivated me," says Chihuly. "How do you describe a beautiful building like the Palm House or the Temperate House? We are planning something special for the centre of the newly-restored Temperate House and I’m excited to see it come to fruition."

Chihuly at Kew: Reflections on Nature will launch at Kew Gardens on 13 April and run until 27 October 2019. To find out more, visit www.kew.org.

Green Hornets and Gold Waterdrops, 2010. Dale Chihuly © Chihuly Studios

Green Hornets and Gold Waterdrops, 2010. Dale Chihuly © Chihuly Studios

Chrysanthemum Basket Set with Carbon Lip Wraps, 1993. Dale Chihuly © Chihuly Studios

Chrysanthemum Basket Set with Carbon Lip Wraps, 1993. Dale Chihuly © Chihuly Studios

Summer Sun, 2010. Dale Chihuly © Chihuly Studios

Summer Sun, 2010. Dale Chihuly © Chihuly Studios