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Dale Chihuly’s “Red Reeds on Logs,” at the New York Botanical Gardens through October 29th.

Welcome back, my friends – I hope you enjoyed Saturday’s “Eating Italian in New York, Part I” post!

I’ll keep bringing you lots more, with plenty of pix, of course, from my tasty adventures in New York.

Even though I grew up quite close by, and have visited New York dozens of times since then, I hadn’t been to the New York Botanical Gardens since my high school Field Biology field trips.

 

This piece, “Sapphire Star,” when illuminated during nighttime light shows, appears to float in mid-air.

But in my recent week in New York, I managed to get there twice!

The first time was with my wonderful daughter Siri and childhood friend Maria. Other than the gorgeous gardens themselves, the big draw was a major exhibit of Dale Chihuly’s sculpture, with his otherworldly glass pieces prominently displayed throughout the Gardens.

The big ones – some as tall as a two-story building – are installed outdoors, where they somehow both blend into and radiate out from their environment.

 

In the Haupt Conservatory – What’s sculptural glass, what’s a real plant? Gorgeous arrangement!

Chihuly’s smaller pieces interweave with exotic plants, harmonizing elegantly with the colors and shapes of the foliage, especially in the Haupt Conservatory.

The next day, I returned to the Gardens as part of Reunion Weekend, where I reconnected, quite happily, with a few dozen of my Sarah Lawrence College classmates.

 

My classmate Mary and I gravitated to this grouping of giant glass “flowers.”

More on the reunion in my next post – including a special wine tasting, hosted by a fellow SLC alum who owns a winery in Connecticut (!)

And of course, we’ll be back with “Eating Italian in New York, Part II,” plus the promised look at Siri and her thriving boutique, Treehouse Brooklyn.

For now, here are a few more photos of the amazing Chihuly sculptures. The exhibit continues at the NYBG through October 29th –

 

This immense piece, assembled on site, bit by bit, changed colors as the clouds came and went.

 

If it were Christmastime, I might think peppermint candies…

 

A view from below of these incredible Chihuly “flowers” in the Haupt Conservatory.

 

The Conservatory building itself is majestic enough, but…

 

Another Chihuly sphere? Nope – a giant blossom, complete with butterfly. Thanks, Mom Nature!

I hope these pix speak for themselves – and if at all possible, I hope you’re able to enjoy the Chihuly exhibit in person!

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Until next time, my friends,
Cheers and happy tastings,
Rosina

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Rosina