chihuly garden and glass

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.

glass and baskets

glass basket form

glass inspired by baskets

Chihuly's blanket collection

There are some incredibly large and amazing sculptural forms of glass.

large glass sculpture

sculpture detail

great green 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.

colorful glass display

more fantastic glass

alternate view of glass display

alternate view

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.

room with Venetian glass ceiling

ceiling of glass

more ceiling glass

beautiful ceiling glass

exotic ceiling glass

colored light on walls

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.

wonderful bowl forms

exterior of bowl form

interior of bowl form

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!

inside the glass house

glasshouse

detail of glasshouse display

view within glasshouse

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.

29 Comments

  1. Thank you for sharing! One of his works is on permanent display at our local art museum ( Corpus Christi, Texas) and is a large overhead piece. I am a fan also but have not seen so many of those you posted. Amazing!

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  2. So much fun, isn’t it! We’ve seen Chihuly’s work many places, but living in Tacoma as long as we did, more there in Tacoma and Seattle than elsewhere–always intriguing and full of color and flash!

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  3. Wow, it’s like a festival of colour. What an exciting exhibition.
    Thank you for sharing the experience.

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  4. I agree with the feeling of seen one seen them all…but that can be confused with an artist having a recognisable style. One knows a Picasso when one sees one, but do we say they all look the same…hard to say. Great pics 🙂

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    1. Thanks. I think that sometimes when you see a single piece of Chihuly work, it almost seems out of context – not totally at one with it’s space. They’ve certainly taken care of that for me at the exhibit. I understand that Dale Chihuly was involoved with selection of many of the details in the entire building and it shows!

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  5. Oh my goodness, how could you breathe after taking this all in?

    I, too, am a big fan of Chihuly. We have a glass museum a few miles from my house, and they have two small Chihuly’s. I keep a membership just so I can go there and look at them every once in a while!

    What an amazing exhibit! I am jealous, but very glad for you, too 🙂

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    1. I’ve been to other glass museums before but nothing that compares in sheer colorful exuberance. It was breathtaking for sure and I know I’ll be going back everytime I visit Seattle. I’ll be sharing more photos so stay tuned. Glad you liked these!

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