“Dale Chihuly: Glass in Bloom” promises a dazzling array of installations by a top contemporary artist.
Art-loving Singapore residents should head down to Gardens by the Bay to see a trove of fanciful creations by celebrated American glass sculptor Dale Chihuly. Billed as the artist’s first major garden exhibition in Asia, “Dale Chihuly: Glass in Bloom” showcases more than 100 pieces scattered across the attraction’s outdoor gardens, conservatories, and Bayfront Pavilion. Some of the large-scale installations that have been shipped over from the sculptor’s base in Seattle weigh as much as 3.6 tonnes (3,600 kilograms).
Chihuly’s whimsical, avant-garde pieces allude to his lifelong fascination with architecture and the natural world. Moon, made up of hundreds of irregularly formed blown glass discs in shades of white, opal, and blue, is being presented for the first time since its debut in Jerusalem in 2000. The artist’s famous Sun installations have been shown at the 2002 Winter Olympic Games in Salt Lake City and London’s Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew; the newest in the series, Setting Sun, has been created specifically for the environment at Gardens by the Bay.
Meanwhile, the Serene Garden section is hosting eye-catching sculptures such as Red Bamboo Reeds and Ethereal White Persians; the latter suggests magical aquatic plants sprouting from a pond. Inside the Cloud Forest conservatory, its nearly 10-meter-high counterpart Cloud Forest Persians appears to cascade from the man-made “mountain” shrouded in vegetation.
If you’re inspired to learn the basics of the craft, local glass artists from Synergraphic Design will be leading 30-minute glass fusing workshops, teaching adults to make their own jewelry and guiding kids as they create keychains and bookmarks. The showcase even extends beyond the boundaries of Gardens by the Bay. Named after the Indian Paintbrush flower, Paintbrush Tower stands on the lawn outside The Fullerton Bay Hotel, where a themed afternoon tea experience inspired by Chihuly’s masterpieces is being offered this month.
“Dale Chihuly: Glass in Bloom” runs until August 1, 2021, with tickets available for the Outdoor Gardens & Gallery, the Conservatories, and The Complete Experience, which guarantees access to all areas of the exhibition. Tickets to the Conservatories (Cloud Forest and Flower Dome) start from S$20, while those for The Complete Experience start from S$27. Prices vary based on the day of the week and age category; SingapoRediscovers vouchers issued by the Singapore Tourism Board can be used to buy tickets here.
For more information, visit chihulyinbloom.com.