Chihuly Garden And Glass | Seattle

chihuly-0I didn’t know a lot about Dale Chihuly until an upcoming trip to Seattle came up in conversation.

“You have to go to Chihuly Gardens,” almost everyone told me.

That was enough for me. I added it to my list, most of which only included local cafes, a few bookstores, but not many tourist attractions. I was told that it’s the most incredible place and that even photos wouldn’t be able to capture the pure depth, art, awe and size of these glass sculptures — both of those statements are absolutely correct.

In this garden museum that hides in the shadow of the Space Needle, I was introduced to Dale Chihuly and the concepts of his glass-blown sculptures. We walked beneath draping chandeliers constructed with dozens of individual bulbs of hand-formed glass in vibrant colors. We oohed and ahh’d as walked entirely around a sprouting garden that reminded of an Alice in Wonderland dream sequence set in outer space.

In the audio room, we cooled off (I was there during Seattle’s heat wave … it was a real thing for like 72 hours), and watch four videos on Chihuly, his quirkiness, his vision and his purposefully over-the-top creations around the world.

We ended the tour with a few moments of silence in the massive glass house, staring up at my favorite piece, this 100-foot-long mass of fiery flower-shaped glass. The structure — representing Chihuly’s love for conservatories — spans 4,500 square feet of light-filled space.

It was easily one of my favorite Seattle destinations. And now I want to become a glass blower. Thanks, Seattle.

chih-3chih-1But first, the museum starts with a Pendleton exhibit. I’m not sure why, either, but I liked it.chihuly-2 chih-2And then there was glass. And a lot of it on water: chih-5 chihuly-3 chihuly-4chihuly-18Each — shall we call them tentacles? — is an individual project, but is joined together on the same base to create one larger piece. chihuly-5A hallway ceiling. Can I get this sized to my bedroom ceiling, please?: chihuly-6 chihuly-8 chihuly-9 chihuly-10chihuly-17 chihuly-11 chihuly-12chihuly-14 chihuly-13 chihuly-13aBananas on the brain?: chihuly-15 chihuly-16This is my favorite. Unfortunately, it didn’t fit in the backseat for the roadtrip home. chihuly-20chihuly-21 What are some of your own favorite Seattle jaunts?

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2 Responses to Chihuly Garden And Glass | Seattle

  1. yogaleigh says:

    Reblogged this on Scribblings from the Bluegrass and commented:
    I’ve been a big fan of Chihuly for a long time, so I loved being able to enjoy him through these great pics of the Chihuly Gardens — make sure you hop on over to her blog so you can see all of them!

  2. Maggie says:

    This is really cool! What a unique museum!

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