Marvel at glass sculptures of the Dale Chihuly: Glass In Bloom exhibition, now showing at Gardens by the Bay.
Dale Chihuly: Glass In Bloom exhibition
Also known as ‘Chihuly in Bloom’ exhibition
From now till 1 August 2021, glass installations and sculptures by Dale Chihuly and his studio will be on display at Gardens by the Bay. This is Dale Chihuly’s first major garden exhibition in Asia, with 25 large installations to be found within the attractions in Gardens by the Bay’s Bay South Gardens.
In this article, I will be giving you a near-complete experience of the exhibition – with photos of all sculptures on display, taken at different times of the day. Depending on the time of your visit, the viewing experience of the artworks (except in the Gallery) can be quite different due to the lighting on the glass works and its surroundings.
I found the Chihuly in Bloom exhibition very enjoyable, especially the installations at Serene Garden, Flower Dome and Cloud Forest. It looks perfect for an evening adventure at the Gardens, and the way that the Outdoor Gardens were used will bring you to new areas that are rarely explored. It will take around 2-3 hours to see everything, and thankfully this exhibition is less likely to draw massive crowds like the Sakura displays.
Dragonfly Lake and Bayfront Plaza area
These installations can be viewed for free, and they are a short walk from the Bayfront Plaza area of the Gardens (next to the Bayfront MRT exit).
Float Boat and Floats – adding colourful giant marbles to the already-popular photo spot at Dragonfly Lake.
Just a short walk away from the Float Boat, are the Walla Wallas. These droplets resemble onions, Hershey kisses, xiao long bao, Lumi from Lumihealth, the Dragon Quest Slime, and the list goes on…
End of the Day Persian Chandelier – hanging off the SG50 Lattice.
Dave Chihuly: Glass in Bloom Gallery
The Glass in Bloom Gallery is right beside the SG50 Lattice.
Unlike the other exhibits, which take place within the natural landscapes in the Gardens, this Gallery presents a more “museum” experience.
Macchia Forest showcasing vibrant spotted glass in bowl-like shapes with irregular curves.
Ikebana, depicting the start of the assemblage approach and shift towards large-scale installations.
The undulating forms of Garnet Flame Baskets.
A floating Yellow Icicle Chandelier presented with some glass on glass paintings. The gallery ends off with a wall of fiery Orange Persians.
Outdoor Gardens: Meadow and Serene Garden area
The next ticketed area is the Outdoor Gardens, where most of the best works are on display.
Entrance B is the nearest gateway in this area from the Bayfront Pavilion.
Setting Sun, right in the middle of the Meadow.
Moon floats on a hill away from the Meadow.
To add onto the inherent drama of the art, the installations are also quite far apart. The next few pieces are in the Serene Garden, a Japanese-themed area that opened in 2018.
Red Bamboo Reeds.
Black and Green Striped Herons and Green Grass.
Yellow Herons, emerging out of a picturesque, though small, waterfall.
The most enchanting display here is the aptly named Ethereal White Persians, floating on the circular pool.
Palazzo Ducale Tower, a white Tower sculpture that was placed in the Doge’s Palace in Venice. Almost clear, with some shimmers of gold.
Vibrant Turquoise Reeds emerge from the rocks, mimicking the buildings of the Marina Bay Financial district in the background.
A row of Red Reeds growing out of the hills at the back area of the Garden.
Outdoor Gardens: World of Plants area
The next area (which is within the same ticketed boundary) is nearer to the Supertree Grove. You’ll need to backtrack to the Meadow and then walk towards the World of Plants, which is thankfully more shaded.
In the Discovery Garden: The Creator’s Cove. Here you can get your hands on some workshops and activities. There will be additional charges for all the programmes here, and the prices vary. Only walk-ins are accepted, depending on available capacity – it’s a small tent after all.
If you can’t get enough of glass, try the Glass Fusing workshops by The Glass Academy by Synergraphic here. For a list of available programmes and the prices, visit this page.
Pearl and Obsidian Fiori, in an area between Discovery Garden and Web of Life.
Sea Blue and Green Tower is close to the Fruits and Flowers Garden.
Orange Hornet Chandelier, hanging off the giant canopy near The Understorey.
Tiger Lilies among the trees at the edge of the World of Palms. Here you can continue walking to the Entrance C, the gateway that is nearest to the two conservatories.
Flower Dome and Cloud Forest
Six installations can be found across Flower Dome and Cloud Forest.
The Electric Yellow and Deep Coral Tower is the first thing you see after stepping inside the Flower Dome.
Several sculptures form a bigger installation at the Flower Field.
The field will be refreshed with different plants throughout the exhibition, but clearly the Glass garden is the key highlight.
Reeds and Trumpet Flowers surround the White Tower.
The display does look quite wonderful in the evening. At night, the lighting accentuates the curves and ridges of the glass, and makes certain surfaces appear to shimmer. It also casts shadows and highlights on the plants, adding contrasting tones to the overall landscape.
In the day, the viewing experience may not be as dramatic, with the whole field evenly lit.
Inside Cloud Forest, the iconic waterfall is now graced with the Cloud Forest Persians.
Two chandeliers loom above the ground level of the Cloud Forest. Here is the Ruby Red Chandelier, with tentacle-like curls.
Just a few minutes away is the spiky Uranium Green Icicle Chandelier.
Make your way up to the peak of Cloud Forest, to find the Fiori Verde installation, floating on the pool.
Marked on the exhibition map as the Mystery Sculpture, the Blue and Purple Boat can be found at the Victoria Lily Pond. It’s beside the Sun Pavilion, which is a short walk away from the Cloud Forest. This sculpture is free to view.
Dale Chihuly: Glass In Bloom exhibition
From now till 1 August 2021
To experience the entire exhibition, admission to Flower Dome, Cloud Forest, Outdoor Gardens and Gallery are required. The exhibition offers 3 types of tickets:
The Full Experience: Flower Dome, Cloud Forest, Outdoor Gardens (World of Plants, The Meadow, Serene Garden) and Gallery (Bayfront Pavilion)
Two Conservatories: Flower Dome and Cloud Forest
Outdoor Gardens & Gallery : Outdoor Gardens (World of Plants, The Meadow, Serene Garden) and Gallery (Bayfront Pavilion)
Friends of the Gardens (Annual Passholders) will only need to purchase the ‘Outdoor Gardens & Gallery’ tickets, as they can use their Gardens membership to access the two domes.
For all ticketing information, please refer to the official page on Gardens by the Bay.
Buying Dale Chihuly: Glass In Bloom tickets with SingapoRediscover vouchers
SingapoRediscover vouchers can be used to purchase tickets from Gardens’ ticketing site, but only for ‘The Full Experience’ and ‘Two Conservatories’. The ‘Outdoor Gardens and Gallery’ tickets are not eligible for SingapoRediscover vouchers.
Alternatively, you can also purchase Flower Dome and Cloud Forest tickets via my Klook link.
Klook is one of the authorised booking partners of the voucher programme, and you can easily use the website or App to redeem your voucher for attractions. Just make sure the ticket you are booking is marked [SRV Eligible].
(Purchases made via this link will help support Dejiki.com at no extra cost to you)
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