I've long loved glass...cut glass, blown glass, Venetian glass, Steuben... but Chihuly's glass is in a class all of its own. Truly, the spectrum of Dale Chihuly's creativity and style is perfectly displayed at the Chihuly Garden and Glass. Non-symmetrical, large, extentions of life. Until I viewed this exhibit I didn't realize the scope of his work nor experience the fabulous lighting in dark rooms that focus on and illuminate each colorful glass work within a sea, or ceiling of luminescence.
A friend used the word "spectacular." There can't be enough superlatives to describe the quality of the museum nor the glass displayed. The gamut of glass in size, color, shape and depiction brings amazement to the eye and heart. To think that this glass has been created and formed is almost beyond comprehension. Every piece of glass, every placement moving from room to room, seems better than the last. Appropriately interspersed were displays of Indian portraits and conservatory photos he collected.
The Glasshouse is Chihuly's centerpiece and I found it particularly satisfying to use his glass sculpture as a frame for photos of the adjacent Space Needle. Finally, a walk through the Garden with its Sun, tenacles, spheres and spears surrounded by landscaping of enhancing plants and trees is utterly delightful. If it's cloudy don't worry, as it serves as a backdrop for the glass even more than a sunny day would.
Chihuly glass is all over the world, yet having the Chihuly Garden and Glass here in Seattle, where he and his artists create it, is a tremendous privilege and asset to the city. It might be easy to say he is the foremost glass entrepreneur and artist in the world and you can see the phases of his creativity here in a beautiful spacious museum. Dazzle your eyes, please. Then, enjoy a lovely lunch or a dessert at the Collections Cafe to see other items Chilhuly has gathered.
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