Perhaps because I am an artist, or just because I’m human, tonight (Thursday, May 17) was a night I will treasure forever in East Dallas!
Ironically it comes just after the battle over Winfrey Point – one, which as a resident of the Lake area, I am so grateful it was settled as it was.
This night brought all senses alive as I came into the gardens from the Northern end. Immediately past the entry, sunlight was catching the dozens of slim, tall cardinal glass shoots emanating from the circular reflection pool.
The color was so stunning I was stopped in my tracks as I gazed in awe of the myriad of unique variations on the simple theme that begged a photograph, but whose magnificence could not be captured by the eye of a camera lens.
As the sun slowly sank to the West, I wandered the labyrinth of paths searching for one magnificent piece after another being illuminated, at least in part, with the last embers of glowing daylight.
The organic, color-brilliant engaging glass sculptures, enhanced with carefully selected complimentary plantings near them and the smell of honeysuckle wafting over me from the faint breeze, created a full experience of sensual delight as the lake glimmered in the background.
Volunteers were positioned at each of the sculpture sites to provide insights and appreciation of the art pieces when asked. The gift of their presence enhanced understanding for an even richer experience.
The night progressed with laughter and pleasant interactions with friends and hundreds of surrounding families having their picnic dinners on the lawn.
Down below, music of the 80s rocked our souls and inspired dancing and fun grooving to the evening’s crescendo of the British group’s rendition of “Last Dance” in honor of Donna Summers passing.
Sailboats and kayaks dotted the lovely view of the placid lake and the golden setting sun upon it. As darkness fell and the concert concluded, the light emanating from the dozens of fabulous sculptures electrified the park with wonder.
I cannot recommend the experience enough.
R A Bridges, area artist, regarding Chihuly Nights at the Arboretum