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Sunday, November 30, 2014

Dale Chihuly returning to Fairchild Tropical Garden

Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden is pleased to announce that renowned American artist Dale Chihuly will return to unveil his most comprehensive garden exhibition to date in Miami as part of Art at Fairchild, the seasonal program that invites international artists to display their works throughout the 83-acre tropical oasis. The exhibition will be on view from December 6, 2014 - May 31, 2015. At left is a glasshouse sculpture by Chuhuly.

Chihuly's magnificent works of art will be installed throughout many of the Garden exhibits, including the lush Rainforest, sprawling Palm Collection, picturesque Bailey Palm Glade Vista, and the new Wings of the Tropics exhibit, where they will be surrounded by hundreds of colorful and exotic butterflies. Visitors can admire the luminous works of art reflecting off the surface of the palm-lined lakes, where art and nature will meld seamlessly together.  Works will be nestled next to the broadleaf plants and shimmering orchids of the continental U.S.'s only outdoor Rainforest exhibit. They will stand tall alongside stately cycads and palms or lay low among vibrant bromeliads. Bright water lilies will float beside them in the Victoria Amazonica Pool, uniting art with the magnificent colors of the tropical landscape.

Chihuly previously exhibited work in the Garden during the 2005-2006 and 2006-2007 Art at Fairchild seasons. For his exhibition, the artist will debut new works of art that have never before been exhibited. Special art viewings will be held throughout the season, including night viewings and activities during Art Basel Miami Beach.

The opening of the Chihuly exhibition also coincides with the opening of the Adam R. Rose and Peter R. McQuillan Arts Center, a 3,000-square-foot facility that will enrich Miami's cultural renaissance with programs celebrating the fine arts. As they walk into the building, visitors will be met with botanical reliefs on the exterior walls that were created by Miami-based artist Naomi Fisher. During Art at Fairchild, it will be home to the Chihuly Gallery.

As part of Design at Fairchild, a design exhibition featuring 99 limited edition Fish Chairs by Indian designer Satyendra Pakhalé will also be on view. He partnered with creative director Giulio Cappellini of the Italian design firm Cappellini, part of the Haworth Collection, to produce the designs. The Fish Chairs will be surrounded by more than 700 species of tropical flowering trees in the Arboretum. Pakhalé is represented by Cologne, Germany-based ammann//gallery, and his Fairchild exhibition will be curated by Cristina Grajales of New York's Cristina Grajales Gallery.

Prices may vary for art-related events. General garden admission is $25 for adults, $18 for seniors 65 and up, $12 for children 6-17, and free for Fairchild members and children 5 and under. For more information, please visit the Art at Fairchild webpage and Events webpag.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Now ask yourselves: how many times are you going to visit the otherwise beautiful Fairchild Gardens next year and dish out the freaking $25 entry fee? Be honest. Or better yet, have you been there more than twice in your entire lives as Grovites? Didn't think so. Let's call it it: The Elite Fairchild Gardens, the wealthy minorities and politicians always welcome.

November 30, 2014 8:59 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

In response to anonymous at 8:59--how many times have you been to the garden? It is so much more than the Chihuly glass. It is an incredibly beautiful, wonderful place to visit year round. Each time you visit you will discover new, beautiful plants and flowers that you didn't see before. I am there weekly as a volunteer, have taken 1000's of pictures and see new things each time. A two person annual membership pays for itself in basically two trips and there are a lot benefits for members. This is also an educational garden with programs from grade school through college.

November 30, 2014 3:26 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

@anon 3:26: Most people don't have the time or means to volunteer at some park. And most people don't often spend $25 per visit, per person at a park, unless it's a good concert, some professional convention or at least an intriguing sports event.

By "most people" I mean 98.7321% of South Floridians, give or take 1.5137% if you count visiting bird watchers, fervent arboriculturists, keen botanical enthusiasts and rare orchid collectors. Ask around & Get Real. (While you're at it, find out exactly how many people visit per year, paying the full fee for no major event?

November 30, 2014 5:58 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The family annual membership makes it quite reasonable for families to go. Also don't underestimate how difficult and costly it is to keep grounds free of weeds and unwanted species in our tropical climate... It is world class for what it is; maybe botanical gardens are not everyone's thing but for those of us that enjoy it this one really has a fantastic setting and is quite centrally located so it is not a 2 hour drive to the middle of nowhere to enjoy it. Also, the butterfly exhibit is a favorite of my kids.

November 30, 2014 6:55 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

At $135 per year, a well-to-do small family could consider the beautiful Fairchild Gardens. But you see, it adds up.. Gym? Boating? Yoga class? Couple of concerts and special dinners, school events for the children... Vizcaya? Another 50$, etc, etc.

It is clear, the place is way over-priced and I bet their ticket sales and memberships are waayyyyyy low. They probably rely on a few grants, and a few large contributions by a the wealthy minorities. CLEARLY it is a place for the affluent Elite, period.

Ask any regular Grovite or South Floridian, even outta-State folks how many times they have visited, with or without a major event, and how many memberships they have purchased last decade. Get the Statistics and Demographics. I won't even waste the time, easy to anticipate what they are.

That should change. So that many more regular people could enjoy that awesome place.

December 01, 2014 8:25 AM  

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