Come with Me on My First Trip to Seattle’s Chihuly Garden and Glass

August 20, 2012

The Glasshouse at Chihuly Garden and Glass, Seattle

My sister and her husband were visiting from Wisconsin, and while playing tourist in Seattle, I finally went to see the Chihuly Garden and Glass museum that opened earlier this year.  The exhibition surpassed my expectations.  I’m sure it will become a top tourist site for Seattle, but like the Pike Place Market, it should also be a go-to destination for those of us who live here.  I’ll be returning, especially if they host special exhibits from time to time.

Some of the Chihuly pieces on display at Chihuly Garden and Glass are familiar, like old friends.  The Northwest Room was similar to the exhibit I saw at the Tacoma Art Museum in June 2011.  The Persian Ceiling feels similar to the Bridge of Glass in Tacoma.  But there were many, many new pieces too.  I loved how room opened upon room, each stunning in a new way.  Here’s a virtual tour:

Glass Forest

The Northwest Room

Glass baskets in the Northwest Room, inspired by Chihuly’s collection of Native woven baskets

Chihuly glass and his collection of Native trade blankets

Chihuly’s collection of Edward Curtis prints on the wall leading to the Sealife Room

Sealife Room

The Sealife Room opened into the room with the Persian Ceiling

Awestruck visitors take in the Persian Ceiling

Strategically placed benches allowed you to rest a while and immerse yourself in the art

The Persian Ceiling Room, with its reflections, was my favorite part of Chihuly Garden and Glass.

Doorway to the Milli Fiori Room

The glass sculptures were dramatically lit in the black room.

Detail, glass sculptures in Milli Fiori room

Detail, glass sculptures in the Milli Fiori room

Ikebana and Float Boat

Chihuly’s paintings are energetic and colorful.

Next, a room of glass chandeliers

Orange chandelier

Detail, chandeliers

Macchia Forest Room

Detail, glass sculpture in Macchia Forest Room

Glasshouse, Chihuly Garden and Glass

Tomorrow’s post will take you into the Garden.  Stay tuned!

8 Responses to “Come with Me on My First Trip to Seattle’s Chihuly Garden and Glass”

  1. Martha Says:

    I would love to see this. I used to live in the PNW and this radiance belongs there. This appreciation and understanding of the radiance of colors could only spring from the leaden gloom of PNW skies.

    • Rosemary Says:

      I love what you say about the radiance. You’ll need to plan a return visit and spend some time here again.

  2. Kathryn Says:

    you’ve just brightened up my afternoon considerably with these beautiful photos! I’ve seen two Chihuly exhibitions, his ceiling in the Bellagio in Vegas, and am lucky enough to be able to see one of his pieces in the V&A whenever I want but none of them compare to this – it’s incredible! I need to visit Seattle!

    • garden.poet Says:

      I was in Las Vegas a few weeks ago, and passed through the Beallagio on my way to the fountain show. I’d wondered if the ceiling there was his! Thank you for confirming.

  3. melanyrae62 Says:

    Funny, I JUST learned of this exhibit when Lisa showed me the book about it at the Elizabeth Miller Library last week. Your beautiful photos have convinced me that I need to get down there this week.

  4. shoreacres Says:

    I’ve never had any desire to go to Seattle. Well, that’s in the past. I can admire the Pike Place Market without feeling the need to make airline reservations, but this…?

    I’ve seen photos of a Chihuly exhibit at a botanical garden (Phoenix?) but nothing like this. I’m sure no photo can do the experience justice.


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