The Atlanta Botanical Gardens celebrates its 40th anniversary this year with an encore exhibition of the works of internationally acclaimed artist, Dale Chihuly. The American artist has mastered the “alluring, translucent and transparent qualities of ice, water, glass and neon to create works of art that transform the viewer experience. He is globally renowned for his ambitious site-specific architectural installations in public spaces and in exhibitions presented in more than 250 museums and gardens worldwide.” Since his blockbuster show here in 2004, the gardens have doubled in size.
Chihuly in the Garden includes 19 installation sites all set among the Garden’s natural beauty. The artist worked with the Garden’s horticultural team to choose plant color schemes. His studio shipped six 53 foot containers delivering thousands of pieces to be assembled on site by his team of eleven over a two week period.“You have to imagine the engineering it takes to bring this in and install it without damage,” said Britt Cornett, Chihuly’s installation manager.Chihuly’s team manages to transport new installations with an “unbelievably low breakage rate,” she said.
Some of the exhibits are a mix of older works paired with entirely new designs. There are also installations created specifically for the Atlanta Botanical Garden exhibit, including Fern Dell Paintbrushes near the Southern Season Garden and Indigo Blue Icicle Tower near the Hardin Visitor Center.
“I think there’s a quality to Dale’s exhibitions that you don’t see in a lot of art,” ABG CEO and President Mary Pat Matheson said, attempting to explain the public’s attraction to it. “It’s almost magnetizing. It’s charismatic. It’s spectacularly beautiful, particularly in an outdoor setting. He understands scale and color and the juxtaposition of glass and nature in a way that few artists do.”
The exhibit opened on April 30th and runs through Oct. 30th. Chihuly’s first exhibit at the Atlanta Botanical Garden in 2004 was the third time he’d done a garden installation. The 2004 exhibit was estimated by the Atlanta Convention & Visitors Bureau to have had a $50 million to $60 million economic impact.
The kaleidoscopic colors of the art for which the artist has become so famous may also be experienced in a different light – at night when the Garden offers extended hours. One of the more stunning works this year is Saffron Tower, a 30-foot neon glass sculpture near the garden’s water mirror. Twenty-eight transformers power the neon sculpture.
There is even an installation at the Children’s Garden, which reopens later this summer.
Thanks to my trusty sidekick William who endured the heat and made me giggle throughout the day. Click HERE to get tickets to this spectacular exhibition which is on view through October 30, 2016.
Jonathan Adler has always been one of my design heros. His love of the creative process, ability to effortessly mix high and low, and his infectious sense of humor make him irresistably charming. I am beyond thrilled that he will be coming to Charlotte next month for the Fall EnrichMINT Forum sponsored by the Mint Museum Auxiliary. The first time I read his company mainfesto, I was completely hooked with all things Jonathan Adler….
A trip to the Adler-designed Parker Hotel in Palm Springs, gave me a bigger dose of his spectacular imagination. Mr. Adler’s sense of humor is evident is every detail of the design and branding of the hotel. He created the hotel as the estate of the fictional “Mrs. Parker”, a chic, eccentric globe-trotting collector and lady of leisure. The modern mix of bohemian decor reflects Mrs. Parker’s wanderlust and items collected on her travels around the world. Click here to read the full post.
Now, we are lucky enough to host Mr. Adler (and his charming partner Simon Doonan, Barney’s Creative Ambassador-at-Large) right here in Charlotte! I cannot wait to see how event chairs and designers extraordinaire Kathryn Dixon and Carrie Miller of Dixon Miller Interiors trip out the museum channeling the Manifesto above. The evening includes a champagne reception, light bites, conversation and book signing of 100 Ways to Happy Chic Your Life. Tickets are $150 each and be purchased online by clicking here. Proceeds benefit children’s educational programming, exhibitions and acquisitions for The Mint Museum.
LAMPERT GRAND SOFA, RIDER LOUNGE CHAIRS, JACQUES SIDE TABLE AND COCKTAIL TABLE, PERUVIAN FLATWEAVE RUG, JENNA SNYDER PEACOCK GOUACHE, AND ACCESSORIES
HAINES CHAIR, CHANNING CONSOLE, BARCELONA ACCENT LAMPS
VERTIGO SWIVEL CHAIRS, JACQUES COCKTAIL TABLE, MALTA TRIPTYCH, STELLA BANANA SILK RUG, GENEVA FLOOR LAMP, BRASS ORB, STELLA WEB SATIN STITCH PILLOW
CARACAS CHANDELIER, GOLDFINGER LOUNGE CHAIRS, RIDER ETAGERES, CANAAN ACCENT TABLE, BAXTER T-ARM SOFA, ZIG ZAG THROW, GILDED PILLOWS, MALACHITE STAIN STICH PILLOWS, ARIES COCKTAIL TABLE, ABACA RUG
GOLDFINGER DINING CHAIR, CHANNING DESK, CANNAN TABLE LAMP, JACQUES PEDESTAL, ATLAS BUST, FUTURA DRIP URN, CRAWFORD REVERSIBLE RUG, SALVADOR AND MISIA BRASS ORBS
MR. 7 MRS. GODFREY CHAIRS, MR. & MRS. NEEDLEPOINT PILLOWS, ANTWERP FLOOR LAMP, CANAAN ACCENT TABLE, RELEIF VASES, STEPPED BRIDGET BANANA SILK RUG
THE GOLDFINGER COLLECTION
1948 ° DINNERWARE
JACQUES BAR CART
The entire series of INSPIRATION POINT with JONATHAN ADLER is incredible. Take a peek into his Fantasy Factory and wild world by watching every episode!