Since April, the Atlanta Botanical Garden has welcomed thousands of guests eager to experience world-renowned artist Dale Chihuly’s exhibition Chihuly in the Garden. As attendance continues to grow, the Garden announced today it will offer Chihuly Nights six evenings a week – Tuesday through Sunday – during the show’s final weeks in October.
The additional evening will accommodate record crowds expected during the final month of the blockbuster show — which will not be extended, said Mary Pat Matheson, Garden President and CEO.
“With crisp fall temperatures coming on the heels of the brutally hot summer, we wanted to give more guests an opportunity to experience the exhibition during the cool of the evening before it closes on October 30,” Matheson said.
The popular exhibition, which opened April 30 and coincides with the Garden’s 40th anniversary, features 19 mainly glass sculptural installation sites, five of which were created specifically for the Garden, intertwined with the natural beauty of 30 sprawling acres. In the evening, the colorful work may be experienced in a different light when the sculptures are dramatically lit during Chihuly Nights.
“What better way to celebrate our 40th anniversary than with the overwhelming success of this show?” Matheson said. “This exhibit has allowed us to reach people from all walks of life, people that might otherwise never have the chance to experience Chihuly’s vibrant work. Chihuly in the Garden has not only made our 40th anniversary a spectacular celebration, but it has showcased our city as a destination for fine arts and culture!”
Since opening April 30, more than 332,000 guests have toured the exhibition, significantly impacting overall Garden attendance. Through August, annual attendance increased 21 percent over the same period last year.
The Garden first presented an exhibition of Chihuly’s work in 2004 during a blockbuster show that drew a then-record 375,000 visitors after it was extended two months, doubling Garden attendance that year to 425,000 and propelling Garden memberships to what was then an all-time high.
Since then, increased attendance and membership have allowed the Midtown attraction to continue to grow. In 2010, the Garden doubled in size from 15 to 30 acres, expanding into Storza Woods. Today, new gardens provide even more beautiful settings for art and nature to be woven together.
Fine art exhibitions like Chihuly in the Garden have become a summertime staple each year for both locals and visitors
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