Hawthorne & Heaney visits Chihuly: Reflections on Nature at Kew Gardens

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This visit may not be very embroidery specific, but given any opportunity to see Dale Chihuly’s work is always worth grabbing with both hands. So when they announced that they would be displaying his work in the world’s most biodiverse place, Kew Gardens, a visit was always going to be on the cards.

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After falling in love with his work based on just one piece, ‘Chandelier‘ which hangs over the Rotunda at London’s Victoria & Albert Museum, to say that I was excited is somewhat of an understatement. The exhibition does not disappoint. I say exhibition but there is only one small (relatively) part of the displays that is an exhibition in the traditional sense. The way the Chihuly’s works have been displayed amongst the permenent delights of Kew Gardens would be better described as an intergration.

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In the ‘exhibition’ building there is a display of Chihuly’s smaller and support works which gives a good insight into the artist’s process. The images shown here are just a small taste of the pieces on show as there are many to discover arranged thoughtfully around the gardens.

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You will have to be quick as the pieces will only be on display until the end of October 2019, however they do also offer night tickets for a different viewing experience which sounds pretty magical as the evenings draw in and the temperature drops. If you need any more excuses to get down to Kew, they have a blog that will offer you 8 more reasons.

Hawthorne & Heaney visits Chihuly: Reflections on Nature at Kew Gardens London Hand Embroidery

Chihuly: Reflections on Nature

Until 27th October 2019

Tickets from £12

Images courtesy of @tashasealspunter