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Famed Sculptor Dale Chihuly Coming to New York Botanical Garden

By Eddie Small | September 24, 2016 12:08pm
 Famed sculptor Dale Chihuly will put on an exhibit at the New York Botanical Garden in 2017.
Famed sculptor Dale Chihuly will put on an exhibit at the New York Botanical Garden in 2017.
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The New York Botanical Garden

FORDHAM — An exhibition by famed glass sculptor Dale Chihuly is coming to the New York Botanical Garden.

The exhibit will run from April 22 through Oct. 29 in 2017, and consist of installations at some of the garden's most famed sites. It will feature a display of drawings by Chihuly as well, and the installations will be illuminated on certain evenings.

The sculptures will be at places including the garden's Leon Levy Visitor Center, Conservatory Courtyard pools, Native Plant Garden and Lillian and Amy Goldman Fountain of Life, while his drawings will be on display at the LuEsther T. Mertz Library's art gallery.

The sculptures are meant to emphasize the links between art and the natural world, while the drawings are meant to help visitors understand Chihuly's artistic process.

The garden will host "Chihuly Nights" during his exhibit, where the sculptures will be illuminated and visitors will enjoy themed cocktails, live performance art and extended hours.

Chihuly was born in Tacoma, WA, in 1941, and his interest in glass began at the University of Washington while he was studying interior design. He went to Venice to work at the Venini glass factory in 1968 after winning a Fulbright Fellowship and confounded Pilchuck Glass School in Washington in 1971.

His work has been displayed at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Corning Museum of Glass and the Smithsonian American Museum.