Art Collections

Chihuly Collection

Dale Chihuly’s vibrant glass artwork makes a lasting impression on all who view it. 

The Conservatory was honored to be the second botanical garden in the world to host an exhibition by glass artist Dale Chihuly in 2003. Chihuly at the Conservatory had record-breaking attendance, and its success led a private, non-profit group, Friends of the Conservatory, to purchase most of the pieces in the exhibition as a permanent collection for the Conservatory.
 
More than a dozen glass artworks and paintings are on display throughout the Conservatory's plant collections and in the John F. Wolfe Chihuly Resource Center. 

To enhance the glass experience, watch as artists create blown-glass works of art during daily demonstrations in the Conservatory’s Hot Shop, open from April through December. 



Light Raiment II, 2008

Internationally renowned light artist James Turrell’s architectural light installation illuminates the Conservatory’s John F. Wolfe Palm House in an inspiring display of light. This permanent installation of approximately 7,000 small, computer-controlled LED light sources, most of which are obscured from direct view inside, performs each evening beginning at dusk. It is best viewed from the Conservatory’s Grand Mallway, just west of the Palm House.  Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens received special funding from the Limited Brands Foundation for Light Raiment II.