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Last Updated: Saturday, 28 May, 2005, 09:22 GMT 10:22 UK
Glass transforms Kew's landscape
Glass art at Kew Gardens

Large scale vibrantly coloured glass sculptures are taking over the landscape at Kew Gardens.

The pieces are by American artist Dale Chihuly, a leading figure in the contemporary glass art world.

The works of art, made from hundreds of pieces of hand-blown glass, have been placed outside and inside the buildings at the south-west London venue.

Gardens of Glass, the first exhibition of its kind, runs until the end of January next year.

Professor Sir Peter Crane, director of the Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew, said: "Dale Chihuly creates glass sculpture on an unrivalled scale - a scale to match the majestic environment of Kew.

"Wherever Chihuly and his team work they create a fantastic sense of excitement. Gardens of Glass will be the unmissable exhibition of 2005 and we are thrilled to host it."

The exhibition includes Chihuly's newest series of work entitled Fiori, which has not been shown in Europe before, as well as some of his best-loved pieces.


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