A Wedding with Chihuly – Phoenix, AZ

A couple of weeks ago I had the privilege to attend my cousin’s wedding in Phoenix. I was super excited about going to see all of my family as well as taking my first trip since returning to the US. I was pleasantly surprised when I found Chihuly present throughout the wedding reception!

Dale Chihuly is a blown glass artist. I fist learned about him on the Travel Channel, and shortly after, saw his work at the Bellagio in Vegas and Atlantis in the Bahamas.

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Atlantis in the Bahamas

Credit: Dale Chihuly Web Site

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Bellagio in Las Vegas

Credit: Dale Chihuly Web Site

As you can see, Chihuly is famous for blown glass in vibrant colors and shapes, often interwoven in large masses. I have always found blown glass to be beautiful and Chihuly’s work is extremely impressive. 

For the last 6 months or so, Chihuly’s pieces have been exhibited along the desert blooms at the Desert Botanical Garden in Phoenix. While the garden itself is lovely, inserting Chihuly’s pieces made it extraordinary. During the day the pieces glistened in the sunlight and at night they glowed over the cacti. We were in for quite a treat without even knowing it!

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The Chihuly Exhibit has ended in Phoenix, but based on the Desert Botanical Garden’s web site, it seems that it has occurred several times. Keep an eye out for it’s return and don’t miss this amazing mix of modern glass sculptures and desert flora.

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