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Glass artist Chihuly leaves permanent mark on Botanic Gardens

January 7, 2015

Colorado, a new glass sculpture by artist Dale Chihuly  is now on view in Denver Botanic Gardens’ Ellipse garden at 1007 York St.

The work has been added to the Gardens’ permanent collection through the generosity of private donors including Robert and Judi Newman, John and Ginny Freyer and the RC Kemper Charitable Trust, UMB Bank, n.a., Trustee. It is comprised of 1,017 hand-blown glass elements and stands more than 14 feet tall. Viewing of Colorado is included in Gardens’ admission.

Chihuly used a red, orange and yellow color palette as it reminded him of the skies and sunsets he enjoyed during Denver visits. Chihuly’s collection set record attendance numbers at the Gardens.

He drew inspiration for the new work from one of his most challenging outdoor installations, Icicle Creek Chandelier, a permanent outdoor installation he did in 1996 at Sleeping Lady Resort in Leavenworth, Wash. Installed on a granite rock, the chandelier is a permanent reminder of how a work of art can be framed in nature and find harmony within it. Like Icicle Creek Chandelier, Colorado is designed to sustain similar outdoor weather conditions.

For more information, go to www.denverbotanicgardens.org.

(Denver Botanic Gardens photo)

(Denver Botanic Gardens photo)

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Gifts galore at Botanic Gardens’ holiday sale

November 14, 2014

Denver Botanic Gardens is offering an array of gifts for sale during its annual holiday sale from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday at the Gardens’ York Street location.

More than 50 vendors will sell one-of-a-kind, handcrafted holiday items, bath and body products, pottery, jewelry, specialty foods, clothing and antiques. An assortment of gourmet vinegar, herb blends and soaps made by Denver Botanic Gardens Guild will also be sold.

Admission to holiday sale, which also grants access to the Gardens, is free.

Botanic Gardens Members receive a 10 percent discount on all gift purchases at holiday sale when they present their membership cards. More information at www.botanicgardens.org.

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Chihuly quietly visits his handiwork at the Denver Botanic Gardens

June 20, 2014

Dale Chihuly, the “it man” in the world of art glass, clearly prefers to let his stupendous pieces of spectacular art speak for themselves rather than pontificating on his work.

During a five-minute media meet-and-greet last week, Chihuly politely posed for pictures in front of the Monet Garden Pool at the Denver Botanic Gardens where an installation of the artist’s genius dots the grounds. The exhibition runs through Nov. 30.

He answered a couple of questions while cameras, notebooks and tape recorders pressed in. This man of few words lets his art do the talking, and it has a lot to say.

The exhibit, which features installations (some designed specifically for the Denver Botanic Gardens) at 14 sites is a don’t miss opportunity to bask in colorful beauty. Now that I’ve seen the show during the day, a nighttime return is on my short list.

This is the Rocky Mountain Region’s first major outdoor exhibition of artwork by the celebrated American artist. Chihuly’s sculptures – ranging in size and form – add bold colors and dramatic beauty to the Gardens’ 24-acre urban oasis.

Chihuly is credited with revolutionizing the Studio Glass movement and elevating the perception of the glass medium from the realm of craft to fine art. He is renowned for ambitious architectural installations around the world, in historic cities, museums and garden