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"Chihuly Nights" to open at Denver Botanic Gardens for autumn eves

"Chihuly" glass takes on a different drama after dark.
"Chihuly" glass takes on a different drama after dark.
Photo by Peter Macdiarmid

"Chihuly," the glass art show currently on exhibition at Denver Botanic Gardens, is wildly popular. Visitors to "Chihuly" have shattered previous attendance records at the gardens.

And as summer winds down and days grow shorter, Denver Botanic Gardens prepares to open "Chihuly Nights" for after-dark viewing. Seeing the glass illuminated not by the sun but by artificial lighting adds drama to the spectacular art.

Visitors will find glass art installed by Dale Chihuly and his team throughout the gardens. Glass art adds magic to flower beds, borders, walkways and open spaces. The glass art even is installed in water, adding beautiful reflections.

"Chihuly Nights" opens in October and runs through November, taking advantage of the earlier sunsets of autumn. The artworks will be illuminated most nights. Members will receive two complimentary tickets to "Chihuly Nights." Members' tickets will be mailed in late September, according to Denver Botanic Gardens.

The schedule for "Chihuly Nights" follows:

Dates:
Nightly, October 3 – November 30, 2014
(Closed November 1, 8, 13 and 27)

Times:
5:30 to 9 p.m. - Last entry at 8 p.m., Denver Botanic Gardens closes at 9 p.m.

Viewing Chihuly glass at night offers a fresh perspective on the spectacular art. Even if you're seen the show by day, you'll want to take in the marvelous exhibition in the mystery of autumnal darkness.

Fair warning: Parking has been at a premium for the blockbuster show. If you're planning to go, allow extra time to find a parking spot at Denver Botanic Gardens or in the surrounding neighborhood.