Chihuly Garden and Glass exhibit – don’t miss this!
I procrastinated for a long time before publishing this post. After all, we visited the gallery in September 2019! One month flowed into the other, and then it was 2020, and then I was seeing the sad news of the devastating death toll as the pandemic reached Seattle.
With this post, I remember the Seattle I saw in September: a vibrant, bustling city. Once this crisis is over, we will once again enjoy visiting new places.
"Wherever you go becomes a part of you somehow." Anita Desai.
Lots to see and do in Seattle
We visited the historic old city and spent a morning learning about Seattle’s importance as the gateway to the Klondike Gold Rush. While ambling around the fish market, we discovered the Gum Wall. And we visited the Aquarium just down the road.
My list of things to do and see included the well-known Fish Market where fishmongers throw full size fish to each other while singing, reciting poetry or whatever comes to mind at that moment. A visit to Seattle isn't complete without a bowl of Fish Market clam chowder. I had the chowder twice. Served piping hot, it is so deliciously satisfying particularly on a rainy day.
The Space Needle was visible each morning as we had breakfast not far from our hotel, and so it too, was on our list. But I could hardly wait to see the permanent Chihuly Garden and Glass exhibits.
Chihuly Garden and Glass exhibits
My photos do not show the incredible scale of the sculptures and their sheer beauty as the light strikes the glass surfaces and disperses into prisms of colour in darkened rooms, or as the sunlight gleams on the outdoor glass globes and spikes.
We oooohed and ahhhhhed through eight galleries of Chihuly’s works leading to the jaw dropping Glasshouse at the base of the Space Needle. When I thought our visit was over, I marvelled at the sculptures set in the lush greenery outdoors.
Born in 1941 in Washington State, Dale Chihuly studied interior design, sculpture, and glass blowing in America before receiving a scholarship to study at Venini Fabrica, a well-known glass blowing school in Murano, Italy.
The Seattle exhibit demonstrates the extent of Chihuly’s body of innovative work. It certainly emphasizes his tremendous creativity and curiosity whether it is Seaforms, to Chandeliers, to Bowls… even his preliminary sketches for some of the three dimensional works are on display in Seattle.
Seattle will recover and tourists will return. If you wish to do something a little different and very relaxing, take the Amtrak train as we did from Vancouver to Seattle, and plan on staying a few days. You won’t be disappointed.
Several years ago, I visited a local glass blower in Merrickville, Ontario. I bought two globe ornaments that I still display in my flower beds each year.
"A mind that is stretched by a new experience can never go back to its old dimensions." author unknown.
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