130,000 visit Chihuly exhibit at Denver Botanic Gardens during first month

Set new attendance record for the Gardens

DENVER - More than 130,000 people visited the Denver Botanic Gardens during the first month of an exhibit by Chihuly Studios.

That's a new attendance record, according to Erin Bird, communications manager for the Gardens.

The Studio Glass exhibit called the "Garden Cycle" officially opened at the York Street location June 14. It will be on display through Nov. 30.

It is the Rocky Mountain Region’s first major outdoor exhibition of artwork by celebrated Studio Glass artist Dale Chihuly.

"Chihuly’s sculptures – ranging from unique water features to a 30-foot neon tower – add bold colors and dramatic beauty to the Gardens’ 24-acre urban oasis," promoters said.

-- 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/

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