I’m having a tough time editing this post. I mean, how many photos can I possibly put into one post? I have several hundred to choose from and this exhibition was so totally amazing that I don’t know where to begin. Well maybe that’s not true because I do have an idea. Let me begin by saying that I am not particularly a huge fan of Dale Chihuly. I admire his work, and I know he is an innovator and has been a huge influence on the contemporary glass scene. That said, his work is so recognizable that I sometimes feel, “You’ve seen one, you’ve seen them all.” Well, this does not apply when you are talking about his installation exhibitions, and certainly not when describing this venue at the Seattle Center in Seattle, Washington. Here you can see baskets and glass creations influenced by baskets. The wall of blankets offer a colorful backdrop.
There are some incredibly large and amazing sculptural forms of glass.
There are huge collections of glass pieces that are, for me, impossible to describe. Perhaps you will have some suggestions once you’ve seen these photos.
One room has a clear glass ceiling covered in glass forms and lit from above. It’s enough to give you a stiff neck trying to study it all. I mean – WOW! I love the way the color washes the walls in beautiful patterns.
There is a room full of magnificent bowl forms. The color and pattern on the inside is sometimes completely different from the exterior. I was amazed that you could get right next to these pieces and study all the detail. I wonder if there will be much breakage as a result of this display technique. I hope not but it is hard to imagine even with the number of security guards on duty.
The star of the indoor exhibit is the glass house, which houses this incredible floral structure. It is magnificent on its own with the added bonus of glass reflections and views other wonders. The Space Needle is right next door!
I think I need to save the garden photos for another day. I don’t know about you, but I’m exhausted. I suggest if you want to see this exhibit without crowds, you visit late at night. There is a “day and night” ticket available and I highly recommend buying one. The interior is outstanding without crowds and the garden is completely different in the daylight and the dark. I apologize for my redundant superlatives. I can’t help myself.