Seattle: Chihuly Glass Museum

Chihuly Garden and Glass is a museum  located near the Space Needle showcasing the glass art works of Dale Chihuly. I’ll be totally honest, I had missed this museum twice before. However I decided to stop in and visit the museum on this trip. I was completely unprepared for the amazingly beautiful works of art inside!

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Dale Chihuly is a glass artist and native of Seattle. However he has traveled the world getting inspiration for his incredible works of art. He draws inspiration from such things as Japanese fishing net floats, Viennese ceilings, and the underwater sea life to create some of the most impressive colors and shapes you will ever see.
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In one room is a large scale installation that seems like an underwater garden of reeds and bubbles and plants. it is the full length of the room – maybe 15 feet or more.
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Another exhibit is a ceiling of glass works. The works – reminiscent of flowers – are so colorful and varied and amazing you will want to lie on the floor to take it in. However, the light that shines down through them also creates a magical room of color to walk through. It made me want to dance ballroom style beneath that ceiling.

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Another incredible couple of works were two large fishing boats filled with juxtaposed works. One boat was very contained – full of the colorful varied glass balls Chihuly is known for. Next to it is another identical boat full of explosive glass bursts and straws. They are a beautifully opposite pairing.

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Several of the installations are large scale tornadoes of glass swirls. Some hung from above, some rose from below.
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One rather uniquely represents various sea creatures amidst the glass tentacles. As I stared at it, the idea that impressed me most was that each of these swirls was blown separately and then attached to the whole. I could barely even imagine the time and work that went into it.
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Another room contained a collection of large flower renderings. Lovely and glowing.
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Finally, in a departure from the other works, a collection of “bowls” is monochromatic and womb-like, emerging from within each other.
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