Chihuly in the Garden
When: April 30 to Oct. 30
Where: Atlanta Botanical Garden, 1345 Piedmont Ave. NE, Atlanta
Cost: Daytime: $21.95 adults, $15.95 children ages 3–12 and free children younger than 3 and members; Nighttime: $21.95 adults, $15.95 members and children age 3–12 and $9.95 children members
More info: www.atlantabg.org/visit/events/chihuly
More than 20 sculptural installation sites will be sprinkled throughout Atlanta Botanical Garden this spring in Atlanta.
The pieces are designed by internationally acclaimed artist Dale Chihuly, who is returning to the garden for an encore exhibition that has doubled in size since his show in 2004.
Chihuly in the Garden will run from April 30 to Oct. 30 at 1345 Piedmont Ave. NE in Atlanta. The exhibition is open from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday.
Daytime tickets are $21.95 for adults and $15.95 for children ages 3–12. Children younger than 3 and members may enter for free.
The artist’s colorful work also may be experienced in a different light — at night when the Garden offers extended hours. The garden is open from 6-10 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday.
Tickets are $21.95 for adults and $15.95 for members and children age 3–12 and $9.95 for children members. All children younger than 3 may enter for free.
The last ticket is sold at 10 p.m. The garden remains opens until 11 p.m. Cocktails will be available at cash bars, and guests may enjoy dinner at the new Linton’s in the Garden restaurant opening this spring.
Among the many installations will be a vibrant chartreuse Hornet Chandelier suspended from the Canopy Walk, hovering over bright purple Reeds rising from the forest floor. Nearby, a 30-foot-tall Saffron Tower will stand sentinel at one end of the Water Mirror pool. The neon sculpture shines brilliantly in the woodland garden after nightfall.
Two of Chihuly’s installations are created specifically for the Midtown garden, which in 2016 celebrates its 40th anniversary.
“Atlantans have been begging for 12 years for a revival of this showing of Dale’s exquisite work, and we are ecstatic to finally welcome Chihuly back,” Garden President and Chief Executive Officer Mary Pat Matheson said.
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 his architectural installations around the world, in historic cities, museums and gardens. Chihuly’s work is included in more than 200 museum collections worldwide including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Smithsonian American Art Museum and the Corning Museum of Glass.
The new exhibition is expected to draw hundreds of thousands of visitors from throughout the Southeast.
“What better way to celebrate our 40th anniversary than to showcase this phenomenal art, which years ago really put us on the map as a cultural attraction,” Matheson said.
The 2004 Chihuly in the Garden marked one of the Garden’s earliest exhibitions of fine art in what has since become a much-anticipated summertime tradition. The blockbuster event drew a then-record 375,000 visitors, doubling Garden attendance that year to 425,000 and propelling Garden memberships to an all-time high.
Since then, the Midtown attraction has doubled in size with a 2010 expansion into Storza Woods, where new gardens added last spring provide even more beautiful settings for weaving together art and nature.
Matheson said the new exhibition will be presented throughout the garden, including its exquisite “gardens under glass” — the Fuqua Conservatory and Fuqua Orchid Center. The vibrantly colored artwork can be explored in a variety of botanical displays, including floating in pools, suspended in air and interspersed with plantings.
For more information, visit www.atlantabg.org/visit/events/chihuly.