A striking new exhibition has been unveiled at London’s picturesque Kew Gardens that features colourful and awe-inspiring glass creations by Dale Chihuly, several of which have never been exhibited in the United Kingdom before. Called Chihuly: Reflections on Nature, the exhibition includes large-scale installations, sculptural works and drawings that span the artist’s 50-year career.

Cattails and Copper Birch Reeds by Dale Chihuly at Royal Botanic Gardens Kew. Image by RBG Kew / Dale Chihuly © Chihuly Studios

The project sees the gardens being transformed into a wonderland, with installations being displayed alongside an array of botanical specimens, ancient trees and blooming flowers, as well as inside greenhouses. One artwork is even suspended from the ceiling of the recently-renovated cathedral-like Temperate House, the world’s largest Victorian glasshouse. The Shirley Sherwood Gallery of Botanical Art includes a more intimate indoor experience, as well as a behind-the-scenes look at Chihuly’s creative process with a film that shows how the artist makes the works.

Sapphire Star seen at night.

Sapphire Star seen at night. Image by RBG Kew / Dale Chihuly © Chihuly Studios

Pieces on display include Summer Sun, a large piece with curving orange and yellow arms, Green Hornets and Gold Water Drops, an immaculate sculpture that resembles a real-life plant, and Sapphire Star, an ornate, spikey piece that greets visitors as they walk through Victoria Gate.

Green Hornets and Gold Water Drops.

Green Hornets and Gold Water Drops. Image by RBG Kew / Dale Chihuly © Chihuly Studios

A specially-illustrated, colourful trail takes children and families around the gardens, while an exclusive night-time experience can also be booked, offering the public the opportunity to see the installations illuminated beautifully alongside live musical performances, orchestral scoring, with hot and cold food served across three restaurants on the grounds.

Niijima Floats at Royal Botanic Gardens. Kew. Image by RBG Kew / Dale Chihuly © Chihuly Studios

“Thirteen years ago, Kew Gardens was home to Dale Chihuly’s last major outdoor show in Europe. It was one of the most popular exhibitions ever held at Kew, and the return of the work of this master of glass is causing palpable excitement. Bold and beautiful, surreal and seductive, these large-scale art works will stimulate the imaginations of all who view them,” Sandra Botterell, director of marketing and commercial enterprise at Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew told Lonely Planet Travel News.

Cerulean Blue Macchia with Spectra Yellow Lip Wrap. Image by RBG Kew / Dale Chihuly © Chihuly Studios

More information on the visiting Chihuly: Reflections on Nature is available at the official Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew website.

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