Glass galore: Whimsical works by famed sculptor Dale Chihuly arrive at Gardens by the Bay (Photos)

Carolyn Teo
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A famed American glass sculptor has decorated Singapore’s Gardens by the Bay with his mind-blowing glassware.

Over 100 installations by award-winning artist Dale Chihuly have been spread out across the popular attraction for guests to enjoy Saturday through Aug. 1, including outdoor gardens, inside its gallery and the Flower Dome and Cloud Forest conservatories.

“I’m thrilled to show my work in such a dynamic location in Singapore,” Chihuly said in the show’s announcement. “The natural world is an endless source for creativity, and it has been so inspiring to bring my work to life in this urban garden oasis.”

Expect striking chandeliers, towers, boats, reeds, baskets all made of glass by the 79-year-old man with an eye patch, who has more than 50 years experience in his craft. He is also known for glass art that blends into natural environments. He has exhibited his works around the world including Japan, Canada, and the United States.

Some of his most celebrated works on display in Singapore include the giant, 14-foot Setting Sun sculpture from 1998, as well as floral displays Ethereal White Persians, and Cloud Forest Persians, which measure up to 10 meters in height and weigh as much as 3,600 kilograms.

Dale Chihuly at work. Photo: Chihuly.com
Dale Chihuly at work. Photo: Chihuly.com
Chihuly Studio’s ‘Cloud Forest Persians’ at the Cloud Forest. Photo: Coconuts
Chihuly Studio’s ‘Cloud Forest Persians’ at the Cloud Forest. Photo: Coconuts

A separate set of Chihuly’s large-scale works have also been installed permanently at Resorts World Sentosa and at the Ritz Carlton Hotel.

Tickets to enter the Cloud Forest and Flower Dome conservatories are at least S$20 per person. All-access passes that include entrance to the outdoor gardens and gallery are S$27-S$30.

More photos:

Chihuly Studio’s ‘White Tower,’ ‘Erbium Reeds’, ‘Neodymium Reeds’ and ‘Trumpet Flowers’ at the Flower Dome. Photo: Coconuts
Chihuly Studio’s ‘White Tower,’ ‘Erbium Reeds’, ‘Neodymium Reeds’ and ‘Trumpet Flowers’ at the Flower Dome. Photo: Coconuts
Chihuly Studio’s ‘Ethereal White Persian Pond’ at the Serene Garden. Photo: Coconuts
Chihuly Studio’s ‘Ethereal White Persian Pond’ at the Serene Garden. Photo: Coconuts
Chihuly Studio’s ‘Red Garnet Baskets’ at the Glass In Bloom gallery. Photo: Coconuts
Chihuly Studio’s ‘Red Garnet Baskets’ at the Glass In Bloom gallery. Photo: Coconuts
Chihuly Studio’s ‘Works on Paper’ at the Glass In Bloom gallery. Photo: Coconuts
Chihuly Studio’s ‘Works on Paper’ at the Glass In Bloom gallery. Photo: Coconuts
Chihuly Studio’s ‘Turquoise Reeds’ at the Serene Garden. Photo: Coconuts
Chihuly Studio’s ‘Turquoise Reeds’ at the Serene Garden. Photo: Coconuts
Chihuly Studio’s ‘Orange Hornet Chandelier’ at the World of Plants. Photo: Coconuts
Chihuly Studio’s ‘Orange Hornet Chandelier’ at the World of Plants. Photo: Coconuts
Chihuly Studio’s ‘Ruby Red Chandelier’ at the Cloud Forest. Photo: Coconuts
Chihuly Studio’s ‘Ruby Red Chandelier’ at the Cloud Forest. Photo: Coconuts
Chihuly Studio’s ‘Uranium Green Icicle Chandelier’ at the Cloud Forest. Photo: Coconuts
Chihuly Studio’s ‘Uranium Green Icicle Chandelier’ at the Cloud Forest. Photo: Coconuts
Chihuly Studio’s ‘Blue and Purple Boat’ at the Victoria Lily Pond. Photo: Coconuts
Chihuly Studio’s ‘Blue and Purple Boat’ at the Victoria Lily Pond. Photo: Coconuts
Chihuly Studio’s ‘Macchia’ collection at the Glass In Bloom Gallery. Photo: Coconuts
Chihuly Studio’s ‘Macchia’ collection at the Glass In Bloom Gallery. Photo: Coconuts
Chihuly Studio’s ‘Radiant Yellow Icicle Chandelier’ at the Glass In Bloon Gallery. Photo: Coconuts
Chihuly Studio’s ‘Radiant Yellow Icicle Chandelier’ at the Glass In Bloon Gallery. Photo: Coconuts
Chihuly Studio’s ‘Float Boat & Boats’ at the Dragonfly Lake. Photo: Coconuts
Chihuly Studio’s ‘Float Boat & Boats’ at the Dragonfly Lake. Photo: Coconuts
Chihuly Studio’s ‘Sea Blue and Green Tower’ at the World of Plants. Photo: Coconuts
Chihuly Studio’s ‘Sea Blue and Green Tower’ at the World of Plants. Photo: Coconuts
Chihuly Studio’s ‘Tiger Lilies’ at the World of Plants. Photo: Coconuts
Chihuly Studio’s ‘Tiger Lilies’ at the World of Plants. Photo: Coconuts
Chihuly Studio’s ‘Walla Wallas’ at the Dragonfly Lake. Photo: Coconuts
Chihuly Studio’s ‘Walla Wallas’ at the Dragonfly Lake. Photo: Coconuts

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