Beginning June 1, Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens will be awash in vibrant color as Chihuly: Celebrating Nature, presented by Nationwide and Davis Foundation, takes visitors on a journey through the breathtaking work of artist Dale Chihuly. The exhibition will present the Conservatory’s own collection of the artist’s work in full, along with temporary installations never before seen at the Conservatory, throughout the botanical gardens and courtyards.
Chihuly has played a significant role in the Conservatory’s history. In 2003, the Conservatory’s future was uncertain before it became the second botanical garden to ever host a Chihuly exhibition. Chihuly at the Conservatory resulted in record-shattering attendance and helped to position the institution as a gem of central Ohio. In a stunning move of support, a private non-profit group, Friends of the Conservatory, purchased most of the Chihuly exhibition. This significant gift further established the young Conservatory’s role as a cultural leader in its community.
Since the 2003 milestone acquisition of Chihuly’s artwork, the Conservatory’s full collection has only been on partial display, apart from an exhibition in 2009. Chihuly: Celebrating Nature will be featured at the Conservatory from June 1, 2019 through March 29, 2020.
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