I have already raved about the Chihuly exhibition at Kew Gardens, and more than once. But on a return visit last week, I saw a piece that I had somehow missed on previous visits.
These glorious white glass lilies are floating in the Waterlily House, a Kew glasshouse that is splendid in its own right. It was completed in 1852, designed specifically to showcase the giant Amazon waterlily, and now a listed building.
Chihuly visited Kew a couple of years ago to work on the design of the current exhibition and was inspired by this location to develop this new piece. The shape and size of these white lilies fit perfectly with the natural wonders in this giant pond.
And I can assure you they look much better in reality than on screen or paper.
The exhibition is on until 27 October 2019, free with your entrance ticket for the gardens. For an extra treat, there is also an illuminated show of the pieces every Thursday, Friday and Saturday evening until 26 October – booking in advance is highly recommended (£18 adult entry).
Copyright Debbie Smyth, 16 September 2019
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