Dale Chihuly and Frank Lloyd Wright in the desert
The ultimate synergy is on display in the Arizona desert as Dale Chihuly marries his glass sculptures with nature and architecture at the Phoenix Desert Botanical Garden and Scottsdale at Frank Lloyd Wright’s Taliesin West.
Open to the public until June 19, 2022, Chihuly in the desert presents a remarkable confluence of American art and architecture against the beautiful backdrop of the Sonoran Desert.
The stunning installations, which include a number of unreleased works developed in 2021, are featured in multiple settings – inside buildings, on lawns, in the water and emerging from the desert itself – to highlight the beauty and the diversity of the environment.
Dale Chihuly, the American artist renowned for revolutionizing the studio glass movement, is known for his ambitious architectural installations in cities, museums and gardens around the world. He uses a variety of media to realize his creative vision, including glass, paint, charcoal, neon, ice, and Polyvitro. Although his work has been exhibited at the Phoenix Desert Botanical Garden in the past, this is the first time his work has been associated with the singular architecture of Frank Lloyd Wright.
“I am delighted to share my work with visitors to these iconic places,” said Dale Chihuly. “Coming back to the Desert Botanical Garden and showing my work for the first time at Taliesin West is a special moment for me and I hope that those who see the exhibition will experience something beautiful and unexpected. “
“Dale Chihuly and Frank Lloyd Wright are both true American originals, inspired by nature, and in particular the Western landscapes, which created new forms in ancient disciplines,” said Stuart Graff, President and CEO of the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation.
Combining the art and architecture of desert flora with two of America’s most prolific artists, “Chihuly in the desertWill leave guests impressed and inspired. Returning to the Desert Botanical Garden, but new to Taliesin West, Chihuly’s striking glass sculptures are nestled among Wright’s iconic structures. They understand Alabaster and amber towers instead of entry; Red reeds and Niijima floats to the front pond; Black saguaros and scarlet ice cubes on the Studio lawn; Celedon golden baskets in the garden room; Fire Amber Herons at the tower pool and Navy Blue and Lemon Tower on the garden squares.
At the Desert Botanical Garden, works on display include Fiori Boat, Aqua Blue and Amber Chandelier, Persian Calendula, and more, set in dialogue with the majestic ecology of the Sonoran Desert, highlighting the Desert Botanical Garden’s mission since 1939 to conserve and research desert plants and their habitats in the Sonoran Desert.
The two-part exhibition is managed separately by the two organizations; for hours, fees, advance registration, and other policies, contact Desert Botanical Garden and Frank Lloyd Wright’s Taliesin West.