With only one whole day in New York our unanimous choice of viewing was the exhibition of glass creations by Dale Chihuly in the New York Botanic Gardens. This turned out very well: the temperatures soared up into the nineties and it was no consolation to be told that the weather was unseasonal. Walking leisurely under the trees was far preferable to sweltering in skyscraper canyons.
Chihuly’s creations range from the delicate, ultra-thin glassware through amazing twisted tubes of glass to the more sturdy towers of glass spears. I wonder how many pieces of glass get broken during transportation and setting up? It would be difficult enough not to shatter the glass tubes while planting them in the earth but what about the twisted masses of tubes suspended from the ceiling? How do they survive installation?