Chihuly at the
Missouri Botanical Gardens
St. Louis, Missouri December 31, 2006
Glass in the Garden brought the work of famous art glass artist Dale Chihuly to St. Louis, Missouri in a custom designed exhibition installed within the natural landscapes of St. Louis' historic Missouri Botanical Garden. The warm Climatron conservatory rain forest had colorful sculptures at every turn amid the tropical cycads, orchids, banyan, and palms. Groupings of brightly colored, bold shapes floated upon the central axis reflecting pools and nestle in flower gardens.
Glass in the Garden ended its eight month run at the Missouri Botanical Garden on January 1, 2007. The Dale Chihuly exhibition drew 950,000 visitors and helped increase overall attendance to the Gardens to 1.2 million and membership to a record of 41,000 in the year 2006.
The "Blue Chandelier" sculpture is formed by 928 individual glass spirals and gooseneck shapes in shades of cobalt, icy turquoise, and clear. It measures six feet wide by over 20 feet long and was assembled on location. Chihuly's Blue Chandelier is on permanent exhibition at the Missouri Botanical Gardens.