DENVER - The Denver Botanic Gardens is hosting a temporary exhibition of the "Garden Cycle" by Studio Glass artist Dale Chihuly starting Saturday June 14.
Bold, vibrant hand-blown glass artwork fills the gardens with color and light that actually seems to add more life to the landscape.
The pieces are woven seamlessly into each section of the gardens. Black and gold stems slither upwards like snakes next to green and blue stalks that have sprouted along the Perennial Walk.
"I couldn't even tell they weren't real plants!" said Lisa Monette, who visited with her children, Matthew and Marlee.
Red Reeds stand above tall grass in the Plains Gardens. Purple Neodymium Reeds perfectly highlights Colorado's native plants in the Rock Alpine Garden.
Almost every water garden holds a unique exhibit that flows with the feel. Persian Towers fills its spot in the El Pomar Waterway as if the white glass flowers bloomed there.
In the Japanese Gardens, blue baubles float serenely next to a wooden boat that looks like it is struggling to contain a burst of purple and blue tendrils. Another boat carries a cargo of colorful, patterned glass balls in the middle of the Monet Pool.
Two massive stand-alone objects epitomize the extremes of Colorado's climate. The giant spines of Blue Icicle Tower greet visitors near the front gate. Summer Sun rises alone above the grass amphitheatre - a mass of intertwined red and orange tubes that reach out like solar flares.
-- About the artist
Dale Chihuly, born in 1941 in Tacoma, Washington, is considered a master of the Studio Glass movement.
Chihuly's work is included in more than 200 museum collections worldwide and his hand-blown glass blossoms hang in the lobby of the Bellagio in Las Vegas.
-- About the exhibition
The Garden Cycle series began in 2001. The pieces vary city to city to respond to surrounding plants, flowers and architecture. Previous editions have been featured in Seattle, Dallas and Phoenix.
You can see examples of pieces displayed in other cities and buy tickets to the Denver exhibit here: http://chihuly.denver.org/