Chihuly at The Biltmore

Saturday, July 14, 2018
Chihuly at The Biltmore - Asheville, NC - the first art exhibition in Biltmore’s historic gardens, and the first garden exhibition of Dale Chihuly’s works in North Carolina. 16 stunning blown glass sculptures installed in some of the most beautiful gardens in the country. A must if you are a Chihuly fan!

Chihuly at The Biltmore - Asheville, NC - the first art exhibition in Biltmore’s historic gardens, and the first garden exhibition of Dale Chihuly’s works in North Carolina. 16 stunning blown glass sculptures installed in some of the most beautiful gardens in the country. A must if you are a Chihuly fan!



I am a HUGE fan of Dale Chihuly's blow glass art. When I heard that his work was going to be on display at The Biltmore Estate in Asheville, NC this summer and fall, I started planning a trip!

We saw a similar Chihuly exhibit in Atlanta at the Botanical Gardens. I loved it! I was thrilled to be able to see his work again in another setting. 

I was worried that it was going to the the same at Atlanta just in a different place, but it wasn't. They made several new sculptures just for this exhibit at The Biltmore Estate. I did recognize some pieces from Atlanta, but they were arranged in completely different ways. 

Chihuly at The Biltmore was incredible! SO beautiful! We had a great time walking the grounds and finding all the sculptures. Today I am taking you along our journey and showing you all the sculptures in the exhibit. The exhibit is running through October 7, 2018. I hope you have a chance to check it out. If not, I hope you enjoy my virtual tour!






Chihuly at The Biltmore - Sole d'Oro, 2017
You are greeted with Sole d'Oro.
It was made in 2017. This was my favorite.
It was SO beautiful!!!

The Biltmore Estate, Asheville, NC


Chihuly at The Biltmore - Sky Blue and Cobalt Fiori, 2017
Right outside the house, to the right of the door, is Sky Blue and Cobalt Fiori.
It was also made in 2017. 

Chihuly at The Biltmore - Laguna Torcello II, 2018
Right inside the front door is the only sculpture inside the house itself.

Chihuly at The Biltmore - Laguna Torcello II, 2018
Laguna Torcello II
It was made in 2018 just for the exhibit at the Biltmore.

Chihuly at The Biltmore - Laguna Torcello II, 2018
It was beautiful! I loved the gold and black glass with touches of white.
The gold and white formations simulate sea life and reflect Chihuly’s love of Venice.

Chihuly at The Biltmore - Laguna Torcello II, 2018
It looked AMAZING in the house!
This was my second favorite.

Chihuly at The Biltmore - Float Boat, 2017
Next, we explored the gardens. 
Float Boat was up first.
It was made in 2017.

Chihuly at The Biltmore - Float Boat, 2017
I LOVED all the colorful glass balls!

Chihuly at The Biltmore - Niijma Floats, 2018 & Float Boat, 2017
Niijima Floats were surrounding the Float Boat.
They were made in 2018.
They were beautiful!

Chihuly at The Biltmore - Palazzo Ducale Tower, 1996
In the middle of the Italian Garden stood Palazzo Ducale Tower.
This was made in 1996.
I love these blown glass towers. SO impressive!

Chihuly at The Biltmore - Neodymium Reeds with Fiori Verdi, 2014
The back pond had two sculptures.
Neodymium Reeds with Fiori Verdi.
This sculpture was created in 2014.

Chihuly at The Biltmore - Neodymium Reeds with Fiori Verdi, 2014
I loved the green and purple combination.
It looked great with all the lily pads surrounding it.

Chihuly at The Biltmore - Fiori Boat, 2017
The last sculpture in the Italian Garden was Fiori Boat.
It was created in 2017.

Chihuly at The Biltmore - Fiori Boat, 2017
It was beautiful!
I really liked all the long pieces sticking out of the boat.

Chihuly at The Biltmore - Red Reeds, 2017
In the Shrub Garden stood Red Reeds.

Chihuly at The Biltmore - Red Reeds, 2017
We saw these in Atlanta. They were created in 2017.
Some stand over 10 feet tall.

Chihuly at The Biltmore - Paintbrush Tower, 2014
Inside the Walled Garden were two of my favorite sculptures. 
On the right stood Paintbrush Tower. It was created in 2014.
I love the top pieces that are yellow with red tips. Very impressive!

Chihuly at The Biltmore - Electric Yellow and Deep Coral Tower, 2017
The second sculpture in the Walled Garden was Electric Yellow and Deep Coral Tower.
It was created in 2017.

Chihuly at The Biltmore - Electric Yellow and Deep Coral Tower, 2017
It was beautiful. Perfectly placed with a great view of the Conservatory.

Chihuly at The Biltmore - Cattails and Copper Birch Reeds, 2015
Right outside of the Conservatory entrance stood Cattails and Copper Birch Reeds.
They were on both sides as you walked inside the Conservatory.
They were created in 2015.

The Conservatory - Biltmore Estate, Asheville, NC

Chihuly at The Biltmore - Burnished Amber, Citron and Teal Chandeliers, 2015
Inside the Conservatory were three large chandeliers.

Chihuly at The Biltmore - Burnished Amber, Citron and Teal Chandeliers, 2015
Burnished Amber, Citron and Teal Chandeliers.
Created in 2015.
We loved the colors and all the different shapes in the chandeliers.

Chihuly at The Biltmore - Pergola Garden Fiori, 2018
The last part of the exhibit at the Biltmore House was at the Pergola.
The sculptures were named Pergola Garden Fiori. 
Created in 2018.

Chihuly at The Biltmore - Pergola Garden Fiori, 2018
Some of these pieces were also in Atlanta, just set up differently.

Chihuly at The Biltmore - Pergola Garden Fiori, 2018
The sculptures were set up all along the wall of the Pergola.

Chihuly at The Biltmore - Pergola Garden Fiori, 2018

Chihuly at The Biltmore - Pergola Garden Fiori, 2018
These were Chicken Legs' favorite of the exhibit.
I thought they looked like snakes.

Chihuly at The Biltmore - Pergola Garden Fiori, 2018
These look like water drops.

Biltmore Estate, Asheville, NC

Biltmore Estate, Asheville, NC


Chihuly at The Biltmore
That was everything at the Biltmore House.
There were two more sculptures in Antler Hill Village.
It was about a 4 mile drive.

Chihuly at The Biltmore - Alabaster and Amber Spire Towers, 2017
Alabaster and Amber Spire Towers - created in 2017.

Chihuly at The Biltmore - Turquoise and Erbium Fiori, 2017
Turquoise and Erbium Fiori
Created in 2017

Chihuly at The Biltmore - Turquoise and Erbium Fiori, 2017

Chihuly at The Biltmore - Alabaster and Amber Spire Towers, 2017
Fun spiky trees!

Biltmore Creamery - Biltmore Estate, Asheville, NC
These Alabaster and Amber Spire Towers were right next to the Biltmore Creamery.
We HAD to get ice cream after walking all over the grounds.
We got a double scoop of Mint Chocolate Chip and Salted Caramel.
Hands-down THE BEST ice cream we've eaten!
This is a MUST after seeing all the Chihuly sculptures.

Biltmore Creamery - Biltmore Estate, Asheville, NC
Of course we couldn't pass up the sprinkle sugar cookie!
(You can see Chicken Legs digging into that cone in the background - LOL!)


The Chihuly exhibit will run through October 7th at The Biltmore.
The exhibit is included in your daytime ticket.

There is a Chihuly Nights at the Biltmore exhibit as well.
You can see all the glass sculptures light up at night in the gardens.
The Chihuly Nights at the Biltmore requires a separate ticket.

If you have the change to go, I highly recommend it.
If you can't make it, I hope you enjoyed the pictures today!

The Biltmore
One Lodge Street
Asheville, NC 28803
800-411-3812


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11 comments

  1. So beautiful! Did they mention anything about how they transport the sculptures? Everything looks so fragile. I’d be a nervous wreck packing up the pieces! Glad y’all had a great time!!

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    1. Ditto here. First thing I thought of, especially for the towers!

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  2. I hope you got a chance to see the exhibit at night too. It’s stunning! I saw both the Atlanta and Biltmore exhibits. I’d love to go to Seattle to see his studio.

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  3. So beautiful!! I love Chihuly's art! Was able to see the exhibit when it was in AZ. Looks like you had a great time...thanks for sharing!

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  4. I had the opportunity to see this last month @ Biltmore & it was spectacular 💖

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  5. What beautiful work. He is extraordinary.

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  6. You should consider a visit to Columbus, Ohio! We have Chihuly on permanent display at our Franklin Park Conservatory, and a surprisingly good restaurant scene!

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  7. Thanks for sharing! It's beautiful there. I went to the Seattle Chihuly museum under the Space Needle! It's a must see bucket list item!

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    1. The Seattle museum is AMAZING!!! Definitely worth the trip to Seattle - I am dying to come back and go again.

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