The trip my husband and I took to celebrate our 40th wedding anniversary began and ended with Chihuly glass. Our first day began in Seattle at the Space Needle with Chihuly Garden and Glass right next door. You can see just enough to know you do not want to miss that exhibit. The glass in the Exhibition Hall, the Glasshouse, and the garden well surpass even your high expectations.
Pictures do not give justice to the experience of standing in the dark rooms full of lighted glass displays of wild imagination.
The gardens around the Glasshouse are full of a beautiful mixture of nature and glass. I wish we could have returned for the after dark version of the garden.
After spending two days in Seattle we continued our trip by visiting Mount Rainier, Portland, Columbia River Gorge, Cannon Beach, Astoria and ending in Tacoma.
Number One on my list in Tacoma was the Museum of Glass. I had heard about the Chihuly Bridge of Glass that is connected to the museum and knew it would be well worth our time. The museum was very interesting with several artists' work on display and the Hot Shop where molten glass is shaped into beautiful works of art. We got to sit in on a talk given by visiting artist Donald Lipski.
The Chihuly Bridge of Glass is a 500 foot long pedestrian overpass that links the Museum to downtown Tacoma. It is an unbelievable display of hometown boy Dale Chihuly's glass. The ceiling part alone has 2,364 objects from his Seaform and Persian series.
In the center of the bridge are the 40 foot tall Crystal Towers that can be seen from many places in Tacoma.
Closest to the museum is an 80 foot wall that contains 109 of Chihuly's sculptures.
Experiencing and enjoying Chihuly's glass in such different settings has opened my eyes to be on the look out for interesting art where ever we go.