Artists have exhibited their artwork in botanical gardens since at least the late 19th century, when botanical illustrations were shown at the Royal Botanical Gardens, Kew, and it was at these London, England, gardens where Auguste Rodin's sculptures were first exhibited in the United Kingdom in 1902. Almost exactly a century later, Dale Chihuly unveiled his "Garden Cycle" installation at Chicago's Garfield Park Conservatory, which became an immediate sensation, more than tripling attendance in its run from 2001 to 2002.
In September 2024, the Adelaide Botanic Garden in Australia will become the newest home to the Chihuly presentation of glass wihtin a botanic garden setting. In a prepared statement, Chihuly praised the Adelaide Botanic Garden as the perfect stage for his work.
“I have sought an opportunity to return to Adelaide since 2000 when I first presented work at the JamFactory,” That exhibition, entitled "Chihuly: Masterworks in Glass" took place from April to June, and was his first in Australia, helping to establish him there.
Adelaide Botanic Garden director Michael Harvey, spoke on the announcement of the garden’s acquisition of Chihuly’s collection. “I am thrilled that Adelaide had succeeded in securing Chihuly’s Gardens Cycle exhibition,” Harvey said. “It will be a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to experience an extensive collection of Chihuly’s monumental works in the beautiful setting of a botanic garden.”
Outside of Australia, Chihuly currently has a museum exhibition on display at the Oklahoma City Museum of Art titled “Chihuly Then and Now: The Collection at Twenty”. Chihuly’s outdoor exhibit in Adelaide will be available to the public through April 2025.