If you’re not familiar with Dale Chihuly, you should be. His work is included in over 200 museums worldwide, and features his signature approach to glass blowing. Many of his works look other-worldly, as if mimicking some jellyfish or deep sea creature, and while complex, are just as intricate, delicate, and beautiful as anything Mother Nature could create.
High praise? Perhaps, but at the new 1.5 acre Chihuly Garden and Glass in Seattle, you can be the judge of that yourself. The Chihuly Garden and Glass in the Seattle Center offers a comprehensive look at Chihuly’s significant series of work. For the first time, all the elements of Chihuly’s work are combined, and from his drawings to his signature glass blowing technique, visitors get a glimpse into the inner workings of one of today’s modern art masters. The long-term exhibit features a combination of his early works, archival pieces and new works. The Glasshouse alone presents a suspended 1400-piece, 100-foot-long sculpture, and the Garden is a backdrop for four monumental sculptures, as well as other installations.
The facility also includes the Collections Café, which features pieces from Chihuly’s myriad collections of carnival chalkware, vintage accordions, vintage radios, cameras and many others. This draws from Chihuly’s extensive world traveling, and is his work is often noted for drawing from influences of these travels.
Located directly next door to another Seattle icon, the Seattle Space Needle, the new 1.5 acre Chihuly Garden and Glass will serve to make a stop at the Space Needle an all-day Must Do event.