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Dale Chihuly: Glass In Bloom at Gardens by the Bay

Gardens by the Bay Chihuly in Bloom Flower Dome Reeds and Trumpet Flowers White Tower middle

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.

Gardens by the Bay Dale Chihuly Glass in Bloom map

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).

Gardens by the Bay Chihuly in Bloom Outdoor Free Float Boat and Floats day

Float Boat and Floats – adding colourful giant marbles to the already-popular photo spot at Dragonfly Lake.

Gardens by the Bay Chihuly in Bloom Outdoor Free Float Boat and Floats day closeup

Gardens by the Bay Chihuly in Bloom Outdoor Free Walla Wallas

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…

Gardens by the Bay Chihuly in Bloom Outdoor Free End of the Day Persian Chandelier SG Lattice

End of the Day Persian Chandelier – hanging off the SG50 Lattice.

Gardens by the Bay Chihuly in Bloom Outdoor Free End of the Day Persian Chandelier closeup

Dave Chihuly: Glass in Bloom Gallery

Gardens by the Bay Chihuly in Bloom Glass in Bloom Indoor Gallery building

The Glass in Bloom Gallery is right beside the SG50 Lattice.

Gardens by the Bay Dale Chihuly Glass in Bloom Gallery entrance

Unlike the other exhibits, which take place within the natural landscapes in the Gardens, this Gallery presents a more “museum” experience.

Gardens by the Bay Dale Chihuly Glass in Bloom Gallery 1

Macchia Forest showcasing vibrant spotted glass in bowl-like shapes with irregular curves.

Gardens by the Bay Dale Chihuly Glass in Bloom Gallery 2 Ikebana

Ikebana, depicting the start of the assemblage approach and shift towards large-scale installations.

Gardens by the Bay Dale Chihuly Glass in Bloom Gallery 3 Bowls

The undulating forms of Garnet Flame Baskets.

Gardens by the Bay Dale Chihuly Glass in Bloom Gallery 4 Yellow Icicle Chandelier with artworks

A floating Yellow Icicle Chandelier presented with some glass on glass paintings. The gallery ends off with a wall of fiery Orange Persians.

Gardens by the Bay Dale Chihuly Glass in Bloom Gallery 5 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.

Gardens by the Bay Chihuly in Bloom Outdoor Gardens Entrance B

Entrance B is the nearest gateway in this area from the Bayfront Pavilion.

Gardens by the Bay Chihuly in Bloom Outdoor 13 Setting Sun

Setting Sun, right in the middle of the Meadow.

Gardens by the Bay Chihuly in Bloom Outdoor 12 Moon

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.

Gardens by the Bay Chihuly in Bloom Outdoor 11 Red Bamboo Reeds in Garden

Red Bamboo Reeds.

Gardens by the Bay Chihuly in Bloom Outdoor 11 Red Bamboo Reeds closeup2

Gardens by the Bay Chihuly in Bloom Outdoor 06 Black and Green Striped Herons and Green Grass

Black and Green Striped Herons and Green Grass.

Gardens by the Bay Chihuly in Bloom Outdoor 06 Black and Green Striped Herons and Green Grass closeup

Gardens by the Bay Chihuly in Bloom Outdoor 07 Yellow Herons

Yellow Herons, emerging out of a picturesque, though small, waterfall.

Gardens by the Bay Chihuly in Bloom Outdoor 07 Yellow Herons closeup

Gardens by the Bay Chihuly in Bloom Outdoor 08 Ethereal White Persians

The most enchanting display here is the aptly named Ethereal White Persians, floating on the circular pool.

Gardens by the Bay Chihuly in Bloom Outdoor 08 Ethereal White Persians reflections

Gardens by the Bay Chihuly in Bloom Outdoor 08 Ethereal White Persians closeup 1

Gardens by the Bay Chihuly in Bloom Outdoor 10 Palazzo Ducale Tower2

Palazzo Ducale Tower, a white Tower sculpture that was placed in the Doge’s Palace in Venice. Almost clear, with some shimmers of gold.

Gardens by the Bay Chihuly in Bloom Outdoor 09 Turquoise Reeds

Vibrant Turquoise Reeds emerge from the rocks, mimicking the buildings of the Marina Bay Financial district in the background.

Gardens by the Bay Chihuly in Bloom Outdoor 11 Red Reeds

A row of Red Reeds growing out of the hills at the back area of the Garden.

Gardens by the Bay Chihuly in Bloom Outdoor 11 Red Reeds closeup

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.

Gardens by the Bay Chihuly in Bloom Outdoor Creators Cove at Discovery Garden

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.

Gardens by the Bay Chihuly in Bloom Outdoor Creators Cove Glass Fusing Workshop

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.

Gardens by the Bay Chihuly in Bloom Outdoor 14 Pearl and Obsidian Fiori

Pearl and Obsidian Fiori, in an area between Discovery Garden and Web of Life.

Gardens by the Bay Chihuly in Bloom Outdoor 15 Sea Blue and Green Tower

Sea Blue and Green Tower is close to the Fruits and Flowers Garden.

Gardens by the Bay Chihuly in Bloom Outdoor 16 Orange Hornet Chandelier closeup

Orange Hornet Chandelier, hanging off the giant canopy near The Understorey.

Gardens by the Bay Chihuly in Bloom Outdoor 16 Orange Hornet Chandelier

Gardens by the Bay Chihuly in Bloom Outdoor 17 Tiger Lilies

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.

Gardens by the Bay Chihuly in Bloom Flower Dome Electric Yellow and Deep Coral Tower

The Electric Yellow and Deep Coral Tower is the first thing you see after stepping inside the Flower Dome.

Gardens by the Bay Chihuly in Bloom Flower Dome Birds Eye View

Several sculptures form a bigger installation at the Flower Field.

Gardens by the Bay Chihuly in Bloom Flower Dome overview2

The field will be refreshed with different plants throughout the exhibition, but clearly the Glass garden is the key highlight.

Gardens by the Bay Chihuly in Bloom Flower Dome Field Back2

Gardens by the Bay Chihuly in Bloom Flower Dome Reeds and Trumpet Flowers

Reeds and Trumpet Flowers surround the White Tower.

Gardens by the Bay Chihuly in Bloom Flower Dome Reeds and Trumpet Flowers 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.

Gardens by the Bay Chihuly in Bloom Flower Dome Reeds and Trumpet Flowers White Tower 2

In the day, the viewing experience may not be as dramatic, with the whole field evenly lit.

Gardens by the Bay Chihuly in Bloom Flower Dome Closeup Trumpet Flowers Light2

Gardens by the Bay Chihuly in Bloom Cloud Forest Persians

Inside Cloud Forest, the iconic waterfall is now graced with the Cloud Forest Persians.

Gardens by the Bay Chihuly in Bloom Cloud Forest Persians closeup

Gardens by the Bay Chihuly in Bloom Cloud Forest Ruby Red Chandelier

Two chandeliers loom above the ground level of the Cloud Forest. Here is the Ruby Red Chandelier, with tentacle-like curls.

Gardens by the Bay Chihuly in Bloom Cloud Forest Ruby Red Chandelier closeup

Gardens by the Bay Chihuly in Bloom Cloud Forest Uranium Green Icicle Chandelier

Just a few minutes away is the spiky Uranium Green Icicle Chandelier.

Gardens by the Bay Chihuly in Bloom Cloud Forest Uranium Green Icicle Chandelier closeup

Gardens by the Bay Chihuly in Bloom Cloud Forest Fiori Verde pool

Make your way up to the peak of Cloud Forest, to find the Fiori Verde installation, floating on the pool.

Gardens by the Bay Chihuly in Bloom Cloud Forest Fiori Verde closeup

Mystery Sculpture

Gardens by the Bay Chihuly in Bloom Mystery Sculpture

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.

Gardens by the Bay Chihuly in Bloom Mystery Sculpture 2

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)

Gardens by the Bay Chihuly in Bloom Outdoor Free Float Boat and Floats



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