Chihuly at Kew: an exhibition full of vibrant colour inspiration

The dreamy combination of one of my favourite artists in my favourite place in London

Dale Chihuly, Neodymium Reeds and Turquoise Marlins

Dale Chihuly, Neodymium Reeds and Turquoise Marlins

 

Chihuly: Reflections on nature

Until October 27 2019, Royal Botanic Gardens Kew

I first came across the American artist Dale Chihuly back in 2001, when the Victoria & Albert Museum put on an exhibition. I was mesmerised by his colourful glass sculptures and the scale of his work was breathtaking.

The Chihuly exhibiton at Kew is a collection of his work from the last 50 years. It’s like a treasure hunt through the gardens, locating his work set against gorgeous backdrops from Temperate House to the Mediterranean Garden.

Much of his work felt like it had sprung up from the ground like the plants surrounding it. I love all the striking shapes that fuse together, creating something so intricate. The detail on each individual bit of glass is incredible.

Dale Chihuly, Ethereal White Persian Pond

Dale Chihuly, Ethereal White Persian Pond

 
Dale Chihuly, Turquoise Marlins and Floats

Dale Chihuly, Turquoise Marlins and Floats

My personal highlight

The sculptures inside Temperate House were my highlights. Temperate House is an amazing space in itself. Combined with Chihuly’s creations, you can’t help but be awestruck, especially by Persian Column which was created especially for it! No spoilers here - you’ll have to see that piece for yourself.

If you’re able to, it’s definitely worth climbing up the spiral staircase for a whole new perspective on the building’s architecture, planting and the art.

 

Don’t miss

Make sure you head into the Shirley Sherwood Gallery of Botanical Art for a treasure trove of Chihuly delights.

Also worth seeing is the Japanese Gateway garden, filled with a piece called Niijima Floats - spheres of all colours, many with intricate patterns on them.

Dale Chihuly, Niijima Floats

Dale Chihuly, Niijima Floats

 
Dale Chihuly, Hebron Vessels

Dale Chihuly, Hebron Vessels

Colour combinations for your home

Fantastic for colour inspiration, see what colour combinations you’re drawn to as you wander around the exhibition and gardens. I love this pop of deep blue against the lime - they really enhance each other. In my home full of blues, a shot of lime green in soft furnishings or even house plants could really add extra vibrancy!