Let the eye-catching glass sculptures of Chihuly inspire a love for the natural world. By SAMANTHA FRANCIS.
The crisp greenery of nature is a wonderful antidote for stress, just as enjoying art can alleviate symptoms of anxiety and depression. In these trying times, why not visit Gardens by the Bay to see the whimsical creations of Dale Chihuly? Happening from now until August, this display marks the celebrated American glass sculptor’s first major garden exhibition in Asia.
“Dale Chihuly: Glass in Bloom” will feature more than 100 avant-garde pieces sprawled across the attraction’s conservatories, outdoor gardens, and Bayfront Pavilion. These pieces are a testimony to Chihuly’s lifelong obsession with architecture and the natural world. Highlights include Moon, which comprises hundreds of irregularly formed blown glass discs in soothing hues of blue, white, and opal. Meanwhile, the newest in his Sun installation series—shown at the likes of London’s Royal Botanic Gardens, is called Setting Sun and has been created especially for Garden by the Bay. These large-scale installations which are shipped from the artist’s Seattle base, weight up to 3,600 kilograms.
Photo-worthy and striking, the sculptures include nature-inspired ones like Red Bamboo Reeds and Ethereal White Persians. The latter is inspired by aquatic plants that sprout wildly from a pond. At the Cloud Forest Conservatory, the 10-meter-high Cloud Forest Persians appear to flow elegantly from a man-made “mountain” covered in vegetation.
Visitors keen on learning more about blown glass can join local glass artists from Synergraphic Design for 30-minute glass fusing workshops where they can try their hand at making jewellery, keychains, and bookmarks.
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