Casa de Harper welcomed a couple of out-of-town guests this weekend. Whenever we have the chance to host out-of-towners, I look for ways to entertain them with experiences that might not be available in other areas so we visited the Desert Botanical Gardens. Harper’s Other Dad and I were excited to visit the DBG’s Chihuly exhibit which opened earlier this month and having guests gave us the perfect opportunity.
The DBG is a wonderful place to explore the natural beauty of the desert. They also do a terrific job of creating exhibits and events to attract returns visits. There is a schedule of outdoor concerts covering a wide spectrum of music, the local ballet company does a series of outdoor performances in the Garden every fall. DBG celebrates the holidays every year by decorating to Gardens with luminaria.
Glass artist Dale Chihuly has created a series of outdoor exhibits in recent years including many in Botanical Gardens around the world. One of our visitors had seen the Chihuly garden exhibit in Miami. I met a family during our outing who’d seen the Chihuly Exhibit in Seattle. I’d seen Chihuly glass in museums but seeing them integrated into the outdoor setting of the DBG was unique. Even for those who seen outdoor installations before, seeing his work among in the desert gardens is a completely different experience than seeing it in tropical or forest settings.
With a few noticeable exceptions such as these neon installations on a hill. most of the glass was illuminated only by sunlight and ground fixtures lighting them from below. The effect of this was quite striking. We toured the garden in the late afternoon and early evening. As it got dark the look of some of the pieces changed quite dramatically.