With bright colors, the implication of movement and glass that captures the light around it, the sculptures of world-renowned artist Dale Chihuly are set to dazzle visitors to Asheville’s Biltmore Estate within a setting that already melds nature and design at every turn.
Chihuly at Biltmore brings the Seattle artist’s work to the 8,000-acre site of George Vanderbilt’s 250-room French Renaissance chateau through Oct. 7. Greenville residents already know Chihuly’s work through the Rose Crystal Tower, a public art installation located at Falls Park, between the West End Market and the South Carolina Governor’s School for the Arts and Humanities.
Travis Tatham, director of entertainment and event programming at Biltmore Estate, says this is Biltmore’s first garden exhibition. Chihuly’s pieces will be installed throughout the property, including a display in the house’s winter garden room.
“It is one of the first things you see when you come in the house,” Tatham says.
Two pieces will be on display in Antler Hill Village, a portion of the estate property that includes restaurants, Biltmore Winery and more. Most will be seen throughout the extensive gardens and in the conservatory.
The exhibition is a natural fit for property developed by George Vanderbilt, who prized Frederick Law Olmsted’s landscape design, Richard Morris Hunt’s architecture and art in all its forms.
“Mr. Vanderbilt had such a love of art and art objects,” Tatham says. “The Chihuly name is so prominent. His work is very well known, appreciated and loved. Asheville is a very popular art community, creating an additional experience for guests who come to Asheville.”
In addition to viewing the Chihuly pieces in the summer sunshine, Biltmore Estate will also host Chihuly Nights at Biltmore, which will take place each Thursday through Sunday night through the exhibit’s run. The evening events will include a self-guided visit to the first floor of Biltmore House and the gardens, as well as music in the gardens and a wine bar.
“It is two different experiences,” Tatham says of the day and night events.
With the plantings around each piece and the artistic lighting designed to enhance the experience, Tatham said guests will have a unique opportunity to explore art and nature together.
“It’s a combination of all of those elements together, to be uplifting and happy,” she said.
Chihuly at Biltmore – Daytime is included with daytime admission to the estate. Chihuly Nights at Biltmore is Thursday – Sunday nights and requires separate admission. For details and ticket information, visit www.biltmore.com/chihuly.
Read or Share this story: https://grnol.co/2LKKKDx