Where to enjoy Dale Chihuly’s glass sculptures for free
If photos of the Dale Chihuly: Glass in Bloom event at Gardens by the Bay have whetted your appetite for the American artist’s colourful, large-scale glass sculptures, and you are in search for more of his work, fret not. There are public places around Singapore where you can enjoy Chihuly’s stunning works for free. Here are five spots to check out:
The Ritz Carlton, Millennia Singapore
Don’t miss the poetic pair of Chihuly sculptures installed at both ends of the hotel lobby. Sunrise hangs on the East-facing wall of the lobby, and Sunset is mounted on the opposite end, near the restaurant Colony. The wall installations consist of hundreds of hand-blown glass tendrils, and they are dazzling both in scale and beauty.
The Fullerton Bay Hotel
Chihuly’s red and yellow Paintbrush Tower, named after its resemblance to the Indian paintbrush flower, is displayed on the lawn outside The Fullerton Bay Hotel at Collyer Quay. The work is both beautiful in the day and stunning at night. The sculpture made its debut at Chihuly’s 2014 exhibition at the Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden in Florida, and more recently, at his 2018 exhibition in North Carolina.
Resorts World Sentosa
Look up when you are in the hotel’s Crockfords Tower lobby. Hanging from the ceiling are a row of Chihuly’s Armonia Chandeliers, which are outstanding glass-blown pieces of art with yellow and orange tendrils.
Suspended above the entrance of the mall is Chihuly’s vibrant blue and green Victoria & Albert Museum Chandelier. The chandelier, which measures 8.2m by 3.7m, was installed in the mall in 2001. It is a larger duplicate of the 1999 version that hangs at the entrance of the famous Victoria & Albert Museum in London.
Gardens By The Bay
Some works in the Dale Chihuly: Glass in Bloom show are free to view, including the Blue and Purple Boat installation in the Garden’s Victoria Lily Pond. Another one of his floating works, Float Boat, a boatwith brightly-coloured glass orbs installed in the scenic Dragonfly Lake, is also free to view.