The first time I’ve ever encountered a Chihuly piece was probably when I went to Las Vegas at
The Venetian The Bellagio when I was a teenager. I remembered looking up at the lobby’s ceiling and be stunned by the beautiful, rainbow of vibrant flora made of blown glass. Over the years, I’ve tracked down to various countries to see Chihuly’s exhibitions and still be mesmerized by the beauty of his studio’s work.
When I’ve booked my flight tickets to Seattle and learned of Chihuly Garden & Glass, I knew I had to visit there.*
The Chihuly Garden & Glass is located in in the Seattle Center and opened in May 2012, showcasing the studio glass of Dale Chihuly. This project includes three primary components: the Garden, the Glasshouse, and the Interior Exhibits, with significant secondary spaces including a 90 seat café with additional outdoor dining, a 50 seat multi-use theater and lecture space, retail and lobby spaces, and extensive public site enhancements beyond the Garden. The installation inside of the Glasshouse is an expansive 100-foot long sculpture and is one of Chihuly’s largest suspended sculptures. The facility was designed with the help of Owen Richards, an architect and was awarded LEED silver certification from the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC).
We were in complete awe walking through the various rooms and spaces in this exhibition. Everything was photogenic and I would spend an entire day just to see how the various installations would look differently as the times of the day marches on.
If you do visit Seattle, it’s a must visit if you love Chihuly or at least appreciate art.
To view more photos of this visit, please view the photo set or the gallery below:[alpine-phototile-for-flickr src=”set” uid=”26389565@N00″ sid=”72157664646513021″ imgl=”flickr” shuffle=”1″ style=”gallery” row=”4″ grwidth=”1200″ grheight=”800″ size=”640″ num=”30″ shadow=”1″ border=”1″ align=”center” max=”100″]
*Many thanks to the staff of the Chihuly Garden & Glass invited us to this amazing exhibition.
Chihuly Garden & Glass
305 Harrison Street
Seattle, WA 98109
Phone: (206) 753-4940
Just beautiful! Now I have yet another reason to visit Seattle! Just to clarify, Chihuly’s Fiori di Como is in the lobby of the Bellagio rather than the Venetian – one of the most breathtaking sites in Vegas.
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