Works of art on display in harmony with nature will provide an unparalleled 2014 Art Week experience at Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden, just 18 miles south of the Miami Beach Convention Center where Art Basel holds sway Dec. 4-7.
Fairchild’s contribution to Greater Miami’s annual orgy of art opens Saturday, Dec. 6. It’s an exhibit of new glass works by Dale Chihuly, accompanied by 99 limited-edition Fish Chairs by Indian-born architect and industrial designer Satyendra Pakhalé.
Chihuly’s creations are being installed throughout many of the garden exhibits, including the continental U.S.’s only outdoor Rainforest exhibit, the sprawling Palm Collection, picturesque Bailey Palm Glade Vista, and the new Wings of the Tropics exhibit in which hundreds of colorful and exotic butterflies dwell.
Visitors can admire the luminous works of art reflecting off the surface of Fairchild’s palm-lined lakes, nestled next to the Rainforest’s broadleaf plants and shimmering orchids; amidst the garden’s stately cycads, palms, and bromeliads; and adjacent to bright water lilies in the Victoria Amazonica Pool, uniting art with the hues of the tropical landscape.
Chihuly previously exhibited at Fairchild during the 2005-2006 and 2006-2007 Art at Fairchild seasons. For this exhibition, he is debuting new works that have never before been shown.
The opening of the Chihuly exhibition coincides with the opening of a 3,000-square-foot art gallery, the Adam R. Rose and Peter R. McQuillan Arts Center, where programs celebrating the fine arts will be presented. For its initial display, it serves as the Chihuly Gallery.
Coinciding with the Chihuly exhibit, Fairchild’s eight-acre Arboretum becomes an outdoor sitting room with a limited edition of 40 Fish Chairs in an iconic freeform design set among more than 700 species of tropical flowering trees. Forty of the chairs are made in a special color specifically chosen to complement the neighboring tropical greenery.
Pakhalé partnered with creative director Giulio Cappellini of the Italian design firm Cappellini, part of the Haworth Collection, to produce the designs. Pakhalé is represented by Cologne, Germany-based ammann//gallery. His Fairchild exhibition is curated by Cristina Grajales of New York’s Cristina Grajales Gallery.
Pakhalé refers to himself as a “cultural nomad.” Based in The Netherlands, he travels worldwide to exhibit his collections in museums, galleries, and public spaces, taking inspiration from his travels, the people he meets, and the cultures from which he learns.
He studied design at the Indian Institute of Technology and the Art Center College of Design in Switzerland. Later, he helped create the Master Programme in Design for Humanity and Sustainable Living at the Eindhoven Design Academy in The Netherlands.
If you can’t get to Fairchild during Art Week, don’t despair. Both the Chihuly and Pakhalé exhibits will be on display through the winter and spring until May 31, 2015.
Fairchild is located at 10901 Old Cutler Road, Coral Gables FL 33156.
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