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Visit To The Chihuly Garden And Glass

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I had never heard of Dale Chihuly until we visited Seattle and the Chihuly Museum last month. Just steps from the base of the Space Needle, I was delighted to see the artist's early influences—neon art, Native American Northwest Coast trade baskets, and Pendleton blankets, to name a few—to the vibrant chandelier towers and architectural glass installations he is most known for today. There are eight galleries total, plus a 40-foot-tall "Glasshouse," and an outdoor garden that serves as a backdrop for colorful installations that integrate with a dynamic Northwest landscape, including native plants and a 500-year-old western cedar that washed up on the shores of Neah Bay. 

Chihuly, who was born and raised in Tacoma, was actively involved in the design of the exhibition as well as the whimsical Collections Cafe, where you'll find Chihuly's quirky personal collections on display—everything from tin toys to vintage cameras to antique shaving brushes.

As someone who is enthralled by colors and textures, the visit to this exhibit ended up being one of the highlights from the trip.

Highlights

  • Collections Café: You can, of course, get something to eat here. The restaurant serves locally sourced food plus regional beers and wines. However, the space also offers a visual treat. It is decorated with everyday objects in which Dale Chihuly found beauty and collected over the years. 36 of the artist’s drawings also take up one of the café’s walls.
  • Exhibition Hall: The hall contains eight galleries and two walls of drawings. Highlights include the Sealife Room, a bright undersea tableau, and the Persian Ceiling, with a parade of colorful glass blossoms visible above you. You will also find the theater, the bookstore, and the Collections Café in the Exhibition Hall.
  • Gardens: Flowers, trees, and other plants surround works in glass throughout the Garden. You will certainly notice the Pacific Sun installation, 16 feet in diameter, on a bed of natural black mondo grass. Take note as well of the Mexican Hat Tower and Niijima Floats.
  • Glasshouse: Chihuly took inspiration for the exhibition’s centerpiece building from conservatories, as well as London’s Crystal Palace and Paris’s Sainte-Chapelle. Inside is suspended one of Chihuly’s largest airborne works, a red, orange, yellow, and amber creation that measures more than 100 feet in length.
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18 comments

  1. In my opinion, this is def a must visit when in Seattle! The art here is such a visual treat for the soul and mind!

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  2. Wow this looks like a gorgeous spot! The glass is so gorgeous, it always amazes me how it's done.

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  3. Oh I LOVE Chihuly, this is wonderful!!

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  4. I haven't never been there but that place looks so awesome and a must visit place by many. All their designs are really gorgeous and hope to see that in person.

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  5. This looks absolutely amazing!! I love the designs, they are so beautiful!

    Kileen
    cute & little

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  6. The photos and the colors are just magnificent. The art work to make those amazing structures would have taken time. The exhibit looks like a place one must not miss while travelling here.

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  7. Chihuly's work is gorgeous. I love his use of colours. I've only been to Seattle once, and it was a brief trip. If I ever get there again I'll be sure to check out Chihuly's art work.

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  8. Ohh what a beautiful museum! It's so varied -- I think even kids would enjoy this one.

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  9. This is so cool. What a fascinating and beautiful collection of artwork! Thanks for the introduction.

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  10. This place is so beautiful. It is definitely a place to visit and experience first hand. These pictures are so sharp and clear.

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  11. Wow! Everything looks sooo beautiful

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  12. WOW, this place looks so stunning. Hopefully one day I will have the chance to visit place in Seattle.

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  13. Oh wow this artwork is incredible! It must have been so awesome to visit and see these gorgeous pieces in real life!

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  14. He is one of my favorite artists and I know someone who owns a custom piece! So cool

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  15. Woah that place looks so cool! I love looking at abstract art!

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  16. I love Chihuly! He has an exhibit at Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha and it was so cool to see all his amazing glass sculptures. They are so colorful and beautiful to look at.

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  17. This exhibit looks so bright and colorful! So fun!!

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  18. This looks absolutely incredible!! wish I lived closer to check it out!

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