This fall, experience a stunning outdoor exhibition featuring the work of artist Dale Chihuly. Presented for the first time in an Ozark woods, it’s a world of wonder, waiting to be explored, only at Crystal Bridges.
Over the years his creations have become familiar around the world. He is globally renowned for his site-specific installations in public spaces, as well as exhibitions in museums and gardens. At Crystal Bridges, Chihuly’s breathtaking works are installed along a paved and lighted trail, which winds through the museum’s natural Ozark forest.
Crystal Bridges has been the cultural hub of Northwest Arkansas for several years. It has inspired a newfound love for the arts and allowed Bentonville to grow and prosper with its culinary scene. One of the amazing things about Crystal Bridges is the museum’s refusal to become stagnant. Besides new exhibits every quarter, they are also adding to their permanent collection.
The In the Forest exhibit runs until Nov. 27. The exhibition showcases the innovative and diverse work by the famous sculptor. For those unfamiliar with the artist, Chihuly began his career as a glassblower, crafting gorgeous works. He received a Master’s of Fine Arts in Sculpture and studied the art form extensively in Venice after winning a Fulbright Fellowship and a Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation grant. An accident in 1971 blinded him in his left eye and another injury in 1979 prevented him from being able to blow glass. But that didn’t stop him from creating. Chihuly found himself working as an artist who worked through the hands of his assistance, directing them to ensure his vision was achieved.
For over 40 years, Chihuly has been an innovator working in many media including glass, paint, plastics, neon, and ice, and always pushing their boundaries. He has changed the way the art world thinks about glass and stretched the medium to new realms of possibility. His ambitious site-specific installations in museums, gardens and public spaces have led to global acclaimed. Ticket price is $10 for In the Forest. All members and youth ages 18 and younger get in free.
“Chihuly: In the Forest will activate a new section of our grounds and ask our visitors to look at materials and arts relationship to its environment in new ways, due to the nature of the installation and the form of the objects,” said Dylan Turk, a curatorial assistant at the museum. “The outside section of the exhibition is a completely new part of our grounds, with amazing and unfamiliar views of our building. I think our guests will look at the architecture of Crystal Bridges with newfound curiosity.”