Arizona, Day Two (DBG)

Desert Botanical Garden  is usually the main focus of our time in Phoenix, and this year wasn’t an exception.  There is another Chihuly glass exhibit there, and I was super excited to see it.  When we arrived at the garden parking lot, there were quite a few people there already, and many people driving around looking for parking (as you do).  We got lucky, and got a spot very close to the entrance when someone left.  A lady stopped her car and demanded to know if we knew if there was an event that day.  We told her we didn’t know, we aren’t locals.  When we arrived at the entrance, we found out quickly that it was their once-a-month ‘Free Day’.  Great.  We saved $44, but the place was overrun with humanity.  It wasn’t, however, so bad as to be intolerable.

I love DBG, and I loved all the new Chihuly installations.  It was a great day!  Here are lots of photos, in no particular order.

I’ve always loved the garden’s plantings, and how they are arranged.  Here are a few photos of this.  There is a tourist in a couple.  My mom makes a good tourist, and a good size reference for scale.

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I also love that lots of birds flock to the garden.  Here’s a Curve-Billed Thrasher, a Northern Mockingbird, a European Starling, and a pair of Cactus Wrens, all on lovely desert plants.

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I think the rest of the photos for this post all contain Chihuly glass.  Yay!  Below are ‘Sapphire Star’ (which is the focal point at the Garden Entrance gate), two photos of ‘Citron and Yellow Fiori’, and ‘Scarlet and Yellow Icicle Tower’.

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‘Black Niijima Floats and Neodymium Reeds’, ‘Blue Fiori Sun’, ‘White Belugas’, and ‘Sonoran Boat’.

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‘Black and White Reeds and Fiori’, ‘Yellow Reeds’, ‘Yellow Herons’, and ‘Red Reeds’.

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Two photos of ‘White Tower’, and two photos of ‘Jade and Crimson Thorns’.

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‘Erbium Pink Fiori and Neodymium Reeds’, ‘Neodymium Reeds’, and two photos of ‘Red Sun’.

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This last installation is called ‘Polyvitrio Chandelier’, and I wanted to include a video, so you can see just how immense this cluster of hanging glass balls is!



10 Responses to Arizona, Day Two (DBG)

  • Fabulous!

  • I loved that you volunteered to take pictures of mothers with young children by the balloons. The photos will document great memories for their families. Everything in the garden is superb, especially the reminders that spring is coming.

    • Mom – Everything was great! It would’ve been nice to be there even a week later, when all the plants were blooming, but it was a beautiful day in the garden anyway!

  • Awesome! Why didn’t you take me with you?! The photos are first-rate as usual and the glass sculptures are unbelievable. I have to see them now. Looks like you had a great trip.

    • Linda – I wish we could have taken EVERYONE. 🙂 It was a great trip, for sure…and likewise, I wish I could have been at your house today for game day!

  • Hi Katie, love, love, love Chihuly glass art.

    A few years ago, on TV, there was a tour of his house and his indoor swimming pool which has loads of his glass flowers under the pool, like swimming in a sea of flowers, just beautiful.

    There was also a TV program on an installation he did in Israel.

    I think there is also an installation in one of the Indian casinos here in CT.

    Your photos really do the art justice…..Great Job!


    • Aunt Les – I’ll have to go look up the video with his pool! If you ever have the opportunity to see any of his glass, DO! It’s amazing!

  • What an interesting display. Unusual and pretty. You two lucked out.

    • Thanks, Aunt Marcy. It was a gorgeous day, and though I could have done without all the people, it was a great time, and a great exhibit!

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