“Whoever brings blessing will be enriched, and one who waters will himself be watered.”
We are back in Seattle today! Last week, we took you along with us to Pike Place Market and I sure hope you enjoyed it as much as we did! While we were visiting the Pacific Northwest, we covered a lot of ground…and saw a lot of interesting sites! Early one morning, hoping to beat the crowds, Butch and I trekked out for a two minute ride on the monorail to visit the iconic Space Needle! Since neither of us had ever been, we expected to go to the top, catch a nice view of the city, come right back down, and be on our way.
As we made our way to the ticket counter, I realized we could buy a combo ticket that included the Chihuly Garden and Glass, located adjacent to the Needle. Now truth be known, I had planned to visit the exhibition, but had not yet mentioned it to Butch, thinking he would not be interested. At the suggestion to purchase the combo tickets, he responded…”Who is Chihuly”? I reminded him of the spectacular ten million dollar chandelier in the lobby at the Bellagio in Las Vegas made by Mr. Chihuly (he didn’t seem to remember).
But all it took was a trip to the top of the Space Needle. Once at the observation deck, we could see over into the Chihuly Garden, and Butch’s interest level was piqued! Being the artsy kind, I knew I would love it, but the fact that Butch was totally captivated by the sheer scope of Chihuly’s work was a pleasant surprise! This exhibition was one of the highlights of our trip to Seattle!!! Although the pictures cannot do his work justice, sit back and enjoy this feast for the eyes!
As we entered the “Glass Forest”, the first room of the exhibit, we were both taken by the unbelievable talent of Dale Chihuly. We just stood and admired this very fluid glass sculpture made in the early 1970’s.
The “Northwest Room” showcases these beautiful Native American weavings that Chihuly has collected. He was born in 1941 in Tacoma, Washington. He was introduced to glass while studying interior design. In 1968, after receiving a Fullbright Fellowship, Chihuly went to work at the Venini glass factory in Venice. There he observed the team approach to blowing glass, which is critical to the way he works today.
By the time we entered the “Ikebana and Float Boat Room, I thought for sure Chihuly had exhausted all the colors and shapes, but once again, what amazing artistry!
These sculptures were inspired by the experience of Chihuly in Nuutajärvi, Finland during the mid 1990’s.
“I woke up one morning and said I want to hang chandeliers over the canals of Venice, my favorite city. I probably took that to extreme with the chandelier series which I started in 1992.”
In September 1996, Dale Chihuly successfully concluded his monumental project, Chihuly Over Venice, with the installation of fourteen immense glass chandeliers throughout the fabled city of Venice.
Exiting the indoor exhibition, we entered this extraordinary glass house! Chihuly was greatly influenced by a lifetime collection of photos of glass houses and conservatories. The asymmetrical glass house contains one gigantic sculpture that is 100 feet long and 25 feet high of mostly reds, yellows, and oranges!
I was so excited to share this amazing body of art work with you. I hope you enjoyed visiting through my camera lens!
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