A Chihuly Fall Day at the Dallas Arboretum

Elements of glass art mixed with nature created a kaleidoscope of fall colors at the Dallas Arboretum during a show hosted by Seattle Glass artist Dale Chihuly. We love going to the Dallas Arboretum in Spring when the hundreds of blooming tulips make you wonder if you have been transported to the Tulips gardens of the Netherlands.  Fall colors in Dallas are hard to come by, so we didn’t want to miss it when we heard about the installation. The Arboretum is one of the few places in Dallas where you can see pumpkin patches and some fall foliage.

Chihuly Glass works at the Dallas Arboretum | Outside Suburbia

Chihuly, is one of the most prolific and influential glass artists of his generation, with works in more than 200 museum collections worldwide including the Louvre in Paris.  In Texas, he has permanent installations at the Dallas Museum of Art  – the Hart Window in the Atrium Café, the San Antonio Museum of Art and the San Antonio Public Library.

Dale Chihuly Glass works at the Dallas Arboretum | Outside Suburbia

About Dale Chihuly

Chihuly style, with its flowing lines reminiscent of nature, bright colors and shapes that bend with the viewers’ imagination. His installation at the Arboretum was no different, it was a spectacular play of glass against nature making you take a second look to catch the colors reflecting off the strategically placed glass objects to make it look like works of nature. 

Serious injuries to his left eye and shoulder, beginning in 1976, curtailed his ability to blow glass. In a 2006 interview with the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, he said that he now hires others to do the work, likening himself to “more choreographer than dancer, more supervisor than participant, more director than actor.”

Photos from the Chihuly installation at the Dallas Arboretum

Chihuly Glass works at the Dallas Arboretum | Outside Suburbia

Miss Peachy found a place to rest while Mr. Suburbia and D found some space to play catch.  We watched the sunset over the Dallas and cityscape and headed out for dinner.


Additional information

There is always something blooming at the Dallas Arboretum, check their website for what is in season.  Fall colors are so hard to find around here in Texas but Nancy Rutchik Red Maple Rill Japanese is sure to put a show.  Another fun thing to do at Arboretum is the Cool Thursday concert series at the Martin Rutchik Concert Stage & Lawn.

We usually bring a little picnic of food and drink to enjoy it in our favorite part of the garden. But a seated tea the DeGolyer Tea Room is on our list to do sometime.

Website: www.dallasarboretum.org
Admission cost are

  • Adult general garden admission (13-64): $15
  • Seniors general garden admission (65 & over): $12
  • Children general garden admission (3-12): $10
  • Children general garden admission (2 & under): Free


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