Just steps away from the Seattle Space Needle lies the Chihuly Garden and Glass museum. The space includes an indoor gallery, outdoor garden and the Glasshouse. Many people have been exposed to Chihuly’s work by seeing his ceiling installation of over 2000 glass flowers in the lobby of the Bellagio in Las Vegas. The Bellagio installation is beautiful, but to see an entire gallery of Chihuly is worth taking a trip to Seattle.
Born in Tacoma, Washington in 1941, Dale Chihuly first learned about glass works while studying interior design. His desire to expand his knowledge on the subject led him to study at the Rhode Island School of Design. He later got experience working with blown glass in Venice. His works of art have been on display across the world since the 1970’s.
I could keep telling you about his works, but I think it better to show you as that is where the real magic is. Here are a few of the works that I was fortunate to see at the Chihuly Garden and Glass museum:
The Chihuly Garden sits right outside the gallery and Glasshouse. Blown glass flowers make this space so unique. It is breathtaking any time of day, however, at dusk, the glass takes on different colors.
The Glasshouse is a glass and steel structure with a 100-foot long sculpture hanging from the ceiling. Unfortunately, the day that we visited a private event was being held there so I have few pictures of this space.
Should you find yourself in Seattle I highly recommend a trip to the Chihuly Garden and Glass museum. Besides the museum and the Space Needle, The EMP museum is also steps away. The building, designed by architect Frank Gehry, houses an outstanding collection of pop culture memorabilia.