Chihuly at Kew: the pics
Words can't describe it, so here's the pics.
These photos are of the Chihuly exhibition at Kew Garden; I was there in September 2005, once with sheddi (waves), once on my own.
First off, the pond in front of the palm house:
Pic: The boat in the pond. And a closer look:
Pic: The boat in the pond.
Pic: Glass balls floating on the pond. You can see the boat in the background; there's also a couple wild geese.
The Princess of Wales greenhouse:
Pic: They've enhanced the lily pond.
Pic: Glass agave. I was checking out the plant they use like cabbage in Brazil (I've forgotten the name), and didn't even notice the green things in front of it. Like, wow.
Pic: The sun. The main piece of the exhibition, it consists of more than 1000 bits of glass and took 3 days to assemble.
Pic: Leaves. Glass or not? You decide.
The temperate house had a lot of gorgeous pieces:
Pic: A banana pod. What do you mean, bananas don't grow from pods? This one certainly does.
Pic: Red flowers hanging from the roof. And a closer look:
Pic: Red flowers hanging from the roof.
Pic: An alien trying to woo a lily.
Pic: Yellow and blue spikes. These were all over the place. Very nice.
Pic: Green and blue tendrils. It's a jungle out there ...
Pic: Flower in a vase. In another of those "whu?" moments, I didn't notice the green things in front of this one either, at first.
Pic: Yellow pyramid with blue and red bits. Like, woo.
Pic: Bowls. The fact that these were the most boring pieces in the exhibition tells you something about the quality of it all. Set alone, pretty much anywhere else, they'd be stunning. But set with the rest? Yawn ...
Pic: Grayblue tendrils. Very nice, too.
Pic: Yellow tendrils.
Pic: Red tendrils.
Pic: A string of balls, going up. And a more distant view of the same:
Pic: A string of balls, going up.
Pic: Flowers in the goldfish pond.
Pic: Venice chandelier.
Pic: Gorgeous ferns. That goes for the glass ones, too.
There were a few (not many) pieces distributed over the premises. One was near the restaurant:
Pic: Trash in the bushes. These were plastic, not glass. I think.
One was near Victoria gate:
Pic: Blue tendrils. Another view:
Pic: Blue tendrils. And a closer look:
Pic: Blue tendrils.
And two were right outside the palm house:
Pic: The yellow one. Another view of that:
Pic: The yellow one.
Pic: The red one. Another view of that:
Pic: The red one. It helped that the gardeners of Kew had planted mostly red and yellow flowers in front of the palm house, too.
I don't usually like modern art, but this exhibition rocks.