Dale Chihuly, Colorado, glass, 2014. Purchased with funds provided by Robert and Judi Newman, The R.C. Kemper Charitable Trust, UMB Bank, n.a., Trustee, and John and Ginny Freyer. © 2021 Chihuly Studio / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York.


Located in the center of the Ellipse Garden, this large glass sculpture resembles a large yucca in shape, with dense, spiky glass elements emanating from a central armature. Created specifically for Denver Botanic Gardens, its vibrant orange and yellow colors were inspired by the beauty of Colorado sunsets.


About the Artist

Dale Chihuly is credited with revolutionizing the Studio Glass Movement and elevating the perception of glass from craft to fine art. Born in 1941, he was introduced to glass while studying at the University of Washington. Chihuly later established the glass program at the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) and taught there for more than a decade.

In 1968, a Fulbright Fellowship enabled him to work at a historic Venetian glass factory, where he learned the team method for blowing glass and adapted the practice in his own work. Chihuly’s artworks are included in museum collections worldwide and he has been the recipient of numerous awards, including two fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts.

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