World famous glass artist, Dale Chihuly, set to headline sculpture exhibition featuring works
by internationally acclaimed artists Franz West, Mark Dion, Joshua Levine, Ursula von Rydingsvard, Michele Oka Doner, Daisy Youngblood and
Wendy Wischer and the advanced sculpture students from Miami‘s New World School of the Arts
Chihuly at Fairchild
December 9, 2006 - May 31, 2007
Coral Gables, FL, October 24, 2006 - Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden, one of the world‘s premier botanic gardens and Miami-Dade County‘s oldest cultural institution, announces an outdoor sculpture exhibition headlined by world renowned glass artist Dale Chihuly, who will make an unprecedented return to Fairchild with a new and expanded installation of his colorful blown glass art. Fairchild will also display sculptures by internationally-acclaimed artists Franz West, Mark Dion, Joshua Levine, Ursula von Rydingsvard, Michele Oka Doner and Daisy Youngblood as well as works by Wendy Wischer and the advanced sculpture students from Miami‘s New World School of the Arts. The exhibition will open during the famous international art show, Art Basel Miami Beach, as part of Fairchild‘s annual exhibition series, Art & Flowers. Chihuly at Fairchild takes place from Dec. 9, 2006 through May 31, 2007, at 10901 Old Cutler Road in Coral Gables. Tickets can be purchased beginning October 23, 2006, at www.fairchildgarden.org.
Inspired by the distinctive architectural style of South Beach, Dale Chihuly has designed the colorful glass installations especially for Fairchild‘s tropical landscape and with an Art Deco theme. The installation will include hundreds of blown glass, polyvitro plastic and neon pieces placed among the lush gardens, infusing art and nature and will encompass a majority of Fairchild‘s uplands, including the palmetum, arboretum and its two conservatories.
Franz West will display Swimmer, Violetta and, The Standard, interactive sculptures made of polyester. People are encouraged to sit, stand, and play on and with the sculptures, which are complete once the public interacts with them. Mark Dion‘s installation will be added to the exhibition in February, and depicts an environmental SWAT team. Josh Levine uses rubber and LED lights in his installation of frogs used as environmental pollution markers. Ursula von Rydingsvard will display River Bowl, made of properly harvested wood especially for the sculpture. Michele Oka Doner‘s Bees are made out of natural materials. Daisy Youngblood will display a bronze Gorilla sculpture. Wendy Wischer and the advanced sculpture students from Miami‘s New World School of the Arts will display palm murals on Fairchild‘s Lowlands chalets, and a Garden of Eden-esque installation entitled Creeping Lightly on the Vine Pergola.
While Fairchild often displays the work of artists within the garden as part of an exhibition series called Art & Flowers, Chihuly at Fairchild marks the garden‘s largest undertaking to date and follows the huge success of last year‘s exhibition by Dale Chihuly. According to Bruce Greer, Fairchild‘s Board of Trustees President, Dale Chihuly initially said he would never return to the same place twice, but changed his mind once he saw how magical his works blended with South Florida‘s unique tropical setting and experienced an extraordinary reception from the South Florida community.
"South Florida is evolving into a cultural capital and attracting the most prominent artists, designers, architects and art collectors. Dale Chihuly is testament to that fact," said Greer. "We have a culturally-savvy community and beautiful weather where people want to enjoy their time outside, so it is no wonder Fairchild‘s outdoor exhibitions have received such an outstanding response."
Last year‘s exhibition put Fairchild at the top of South Florida‘s must see list, and brought approximately 300,000 visitors from around the world to the garden and sent hundreds of well-known artists clamoring to be the next exhibitor. The exhibition drew school children, the young and trendy and the demure, alike. Over 40,000 people turned out on Thursday evenings for Tropical Chihuly Nights, where visitors viewed Chihuly‘s glass sculptures with special lighting effects and enjoyed food and drinks, live music and entertainment.
"There is a historical link between botanic gardens and art," said Dr. Michael Maunder, Fairchild director. "Historically, it is a place where artists have worked and developed new ideas. People who appreciate art also appreciate nature."
These exhibitions support Fairchild‘s conservation work and educational outreach programs and draws awareness for the important conservation work taking place at the garden. Fairchild houses the National Palm Collection as recognized by the American Public Gardens Association (APGA) and has an important collection of rare tropical fruit and the largest palm and cycad collection, some species of which are down to less than six specimens in the world. Fairchild has staff stationed around the world and works with over 20 countries developing plant conservation projects.
To accommodate the estimated 300,000 visitors expected to tour the gardens during the exhibition, Fairchild will use an advanced ticketing system. Admission to Chihuly at Fairchild is $20 for adults, $15 senior citizens 65 and older, $10 for children 6-17, and free for Fairchild members and children 5 and under. Every Thursday from 6:00 - 9:00 p.m., guests can see the sculptures with special lighting effects to the backdrop of live music at Tropical Chihuly Nights. Admission is $20 for Fairchild members, $15 for member children 6-17; $30 for non-members, $20 for non-member children 6-17, and free for children 5 and under. Extended hours for Tropical Chihuly Nights begin March 15 from 6:00 - 9:30 p.m.
For more information about Chihuly at Fairchild, or to purchase tickets, please visit www.fairchildgarden.org or call 305-667-1651. Volunteers will be needed to help with this exhibition. Please contact the Volunteer Department at 305-667-1651, ext. 3324 for more information on volunteering.
Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden is dedicated to exploring, explaining and conserving the world of tropical plants. It is one of the premier research and education-based gardens in the world and a recognized international leader in conservation. Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden houses the National Palm Collection as recognized by the American Public Gardens Association (APGA), has the world‘s greatest living collection of palms; an education program reaching more than 26,000 school children per year; hosts popular events like the International Mango and Orchid Festivals, the Ramble, concerts, affiliated plant society shows and sales and more; and, is a not-for-profit organization relying on the support of its 36,000 members and benefactors. Fairchild is located at 10901 Old Cutler Road, Coral Gables (Miami), Florida 33156. Admission is $20 for adults, $15 for seniors, $10 for children 6-17 and free to children 5 and under and Fairchild members. For more information, please visit www.fairchildgarden.org.
About Dale Chihuly
Dale Chihuly is most frequently lauded for revolutionizing the Studio Glass movement, by expanding its original premise of the solitary artist working in a studio environment to encompass the notion of collaborative teams and a division of labor within the creative process. However, Chihuly‘s contribution extends well beyond the boundaries of both this movement and even the field of glass: his achievements have influenced contemporary art in general. Chihuly‘s practice of using teams has led to the development of complex, multipart sculptures of dramatic beauty. In fact, Chihuly deserves credit for establishing the blown-glass form as an accepted vehicle for installation and environmental art, beginning in the late twentieth century and continuing today.
Art Basel Breakfast:
Art Basel VIP holders are invited to join Fairchild on Sunday, December 10, for a light brunch from 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Guests must show their Art Basel VIP card upon entry.
Tropical Chihuly Nights:
Thursday‘s beginning December 14, 6:00 - 9:00 p.m. Enjoy the sculptures in the evening, illuminated under the stars to the backdrop of live music. Admission is $20 for Fairchild members, $15 for member children 6-17; $30 for non-members, $20 for non-member children 6-17, and free for children 5 and under. Food and beverages available. Extended hours for Tropical Chihuly Nights begin March 15 from 6:00 - 9:30 p.m.