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Dale Chihuly at the Dallas Arboretum: All that glimmers is glass

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The Dallas Arboretum, always a great outdoor space, has upped the ante on beautiful scenery and vistas.

From now until November 5, the 66-acre gardens will be home to over 30 spectacular works by world-famous glass artist Dale Chihuly.

Chihuly’s pieces, inspired by nature and created with an impressive attention to detail, are scattered throughout the park, popping up in flowerbeds as well as in ponds and water features.

One of the exhibit’s most impressive installations is nestled in a corner of the Woman’s Garden, near the edge of White Rock Lake. The entrance to the space is framed by two towers, topped by yellow and red kinetic spirals, their tendrils reaching to the sun.

Floating in a reflecting pool just steps away is a hyper-realistic grouping of out-sized Boston ferns, wrapped in what seems to be wired ribbon. How on earth does Chihuly make melted sand look like fern fronds and delicate ribbon?? And then, what makes him decides to float the ferns in water??

At the other end of the Woman’s Garden, past a bowling green, lies an infinity pool, seeming to float next to the lake. Resting on the surface, like so many giant marbles, are several brightly colored spheres, along with two life-sized canoes, one full of riotous marbles and the other an eruption of glass confetti.

Down the path and around a corner, visitors discover a pond full of green lily pads and Koi fish. Smack dab in the center of the pond, looking like ghosts, are giant lilly pads fashioned from what we here in the country would call milk glass.

Just a quick stroll away, we found two employees carefully cleaning the citron green and red tower. (See photo at right)

Magic springs up at almost every turn. It's hard to believe so much creativity exists in one place. Do not miss this exhibit. It's a chance to see great art in a glorious venue.


Here are a few tips to make your trip more comfortable:

Go on a weekday morning to avoid crowds and heat.

Plan to spend at least two hours.

Wear a hat, sunscreen and comfortable shoes.

Take a bottle of water, as the refreshment kiosks scattered in the outlying areas are not open during the week.

Turn right at the main gate and head to the trolly stop. An oversized golf cart will be by every 15 minutes, driven by a volunteer tour guide. A ride through the park is especially helpful in the afternoon, when the lake breeze dies off and the sun’s rays bear down.


Chihuly’s pieces are on display from now until Nov. 5. The gardens are open daily from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. and from 6 p.m. until 10 p.m. on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays by prepaid reservations. Daytime admission is $15 for adults, $12 for seniors, $9 for children and members.  On site parking is $10. Group tours are available. For more information, call 214-515-6500 or visit www.dallasarboretum.com


The Talley Dunn Gallery, located at 5020 Tracy Street, is hosting an exhibit of smaller Chihuly pieces through August 18. They have mounted a breath-taking exhibit in a beautiful space that welcomes you in and begs you to linger. Call 214-521-9898 for more information.


Click here to watch a brief video of Charles and Arthur as they clean a delicate glass tower.


Click here to watch a video of the artist explaining his craft.






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