I've loved his work since i first saw his glorious chandelier in the entrance to the V and A, but this is the first time I've had the chance to see an exhibition of his work.
There are a dozen pieces scattered around the gardens, plus several in the Temperate House .
The exhibition is titled 'Reflections of Nature' and most of the sculptures do seem to be inspired by plants, and they do look at home at Kew.
|Neodymium Reeds and Turquoise Marlins|
|Ethereal White Persian Pond|
|Cattails and Copper Birch Reeds|
I'd love a few in my garden!
|Opal and Amber Towers|
The 'Opal and Amber Towers' outside the Temperate House are less reminiscent of plants, but I do love the tentacles, and inside, we are back to plants again ...
As well as the sculptures in the gardens, there was also a small exhibition in one of the buildings, with lots of smaller pieces, and drawings and commentary.
|Sapphire Star, in front of the temple|
It is a big (17m tall) walk-in sculpture, made up of a honeycomb aluminium structure, and incorporating led lights which light up in response to activity inside one of Kew's beehives.
|Looking up, inside the Hive|
I enjoyed my visit, and I recommend it to anyone who is in London and has the time to go out to Kew.
The Chihuly exhibition is on until 27th October. And of course, even without the sculptures, the gardens are rather nice!