A Night with Chihuly at the New York Botanical Garden

A few years ago, Tie and I got to check out Dale Chihuly’s glass exhibition in Seattle during one of our layovers. After we heard there was going to be another Chihuly exhibit right here in the New York Botanical Garden, we leapt at the chance to go. As it is currently summertime in the city, this was the perfect chance for a nice evening stroll to enjoy art in the park. In August, every Thursday night the NYBG stays open past its normal hours for visitors to revel in the glass structures when they are all lit up. Tickets are a bit pricier at $35 apiece (or $31.50 if you use your Mastercard). There’s a parking structure nearby for $15, but we found street parking a few blocks away. We went shortly before sunset and stayed until after dark, which was when it got more crowded and became selfies galore. It was a nice, romantic date despite the mosquitoes attacking Tie’s legs. There were musical performances and a modern dance troupe that rather confused me. When it was still light out, we were able to read the giant posterboards placed around the garden, which contained poetry written by local students inspired by Chihuly’s work.

There’s food and drink vendors inside the NYBG, but it turns out that you can actually bring your own refreshments because they didn’t check our bags. Well, I guess $3.50 for fries isn’t that bad compared to some other zoos or parks we’ve been to.

The organic forms of Chihuly’s glass blown structures definitely paired well with the garden environment. I’m continuously impressed with the range of shapes he is able to create with glass, especially at such a large scale. In another life I would be filthy rich and hang one of his chandeliers in my living room.

Enjoy the pictures!

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