Dale Chihuly


Weather stymies colourful installation at Kew

The Guardian (London, England) Monday, May 16, 2005

Dale Chihuly's Palm House Towers being installed outside the
Palm House at Kew Gardens. Photograph: Graham Turner

Byline: Maev Kennedy, Arts and Heritage correspondent

The Canada geese are only mildly interested, while the ducklings pootle happily around in the rainbow reflections, but the herons are distinctly dubious about the invaders in their pond: giant onion shapes in boiled-sweet colours are bobbing across the water, while hundreds more spirals, squiggles and spheres explode out of a rocking Thames skiff, moored on the lake at Kew Gardens.

There are thousands more pieces of glass still to come, part of the largest outdoor installation in Europe. It is the work of the American glass artist Dale Chihuly, internationally renowned for gigantic pieces of handblown glass in psychedelic colours and shapes.



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