The New York Botanical Garden in the Bronx is one of my favorite gardens, I even like it more than the Brooklyn Botanical Garden. It’s larger and for much of the park, you don’t see high rise buildings so it really feels like you have gotten away. Right now they are featuring world renowned artist Dale Chihuly. It’s his first major exhibition in NY in over 10 years. His works have been here since April 22, 2017 and the exhibit will close on October 29, 2017. The garden stays open late for Chihuly Nights and the glass pieces are really an extra special something at this time of day.
I was excited when I read his works were on display in NYC. Researching Seattle lead me to him a while back. Victor and I really enjoy glass works so we were finally motivated to get our lazy asses out of Brooklyn to go to the Bronx, it’s over an hour and a half away from our place and our mass transit has been neglected for years so our transit system has been crapping out. Luckily everything ran smooth the night we went.
Dale Chihuly was born in Tacoma, Washington in 1941. While at the University of Washington, he was introduced to glass during his studies of interior design. He graduated in 1965 and enrolled in the country’s first glass program at the University of Wisconsin. He went to work at Venini glass in 1968 in Venice after receiving the Fulbright Fellowship where he watched the team approach to blowing glass which is a very important part to his work today.
Pilchuck Glass School in Washington state was cofounded by Chihuly in 1971. He led the the development of glass into avant-garde fine art.
Our favorite pieces were the glass structures that blended into the garden’s plants. They felt organic.
Chihuly’s work is in over 200 museum collections worldwide. He has 12 honorary doctorates and two fellowships from the National Endowments for the Arts. He’s received a lot of awards.
Gardens at night are very special. The sun was setting during the first half of our visit and it added that something to the pieces. The reflections in the bodies of water were pretty. Overall a stunning effect – sunset at the garden.
We ate dinner at the garden and for some reason I had to have pizza. New Yorkers are all about our pizza, you can start arguments over “who makes the best pizza.” We like it from the pizza parlor, not Sbarro’s or the fake Original Ray’s. Kinda wanted carbs and you know what, it was not bad pizza especially for garden food. Vic even enjoyed his sandwich.
We saw bats flying around, it always feels amazing when you can find and feel nature in NYC. Sometimes it may be seeing a possum at Bowling Green, others it’s a train or bus ride away. The NY Botanical Garden is an oasis in the Bronx.