On our recent trip to Seattle we discovered the most amazing spot. Nestled in Lower Queen Anne along with the Space Needle and EMP Museum is the dreamiest experience I had during our time in the city: The Chihuly Garden and Glass Exhibit.
If you've been to Las Vegas you probably know about the famed glass ceiling in the Bellagio hotel. Well those beautiful glass sculptures are the work of Dale Chihuly, a Washington native and artist extraordinaire. His education includes time spent in a glass factory in Venice and he has broken down barriers to establish glass work as fine art. His work has been featured all over the world!
This exhibit highlights Chihuly's work through themed rooms. The work is just spectacular; I could spend an entire day observing the pieces.
One of my favorite spots was the Sealife Room, taking inspiration from Puget Sound and highlighting Chihuly's love of the sea.
The Persian Ceiling of course is reminiscent of that famed Venetian ceiling.
The next two rooms were utterly breathtaking. The Mille Fiori-
And the Ikebana and Float Boat-
The exhibit features many spectacular glass chandeliers. How cool would it be to have one of these for your home?
Of course the best is saved for last. The glass garden is stunning; the combination of nature and glass sculpture is like nothing I have seen before.
Logan's Tips and Tricks:
-Check for any private event closures prior to visiting on the website. The Glasshouse was closed for a reception during our visit; not a deal breaker but certainly a bummer.
-Package admissions are available for Chilhuly and the Space Needle. You'll save a few bucks!
-Chiluly offers free coat check, if this is applicable due to the weather. Be warned that the last exhibit, the garden, is outside therefore it may be ideal to hang on to your coat.
-Consider grabbing a small bite to eat or something sweet at the Collections Cafe, featuring Dale Chihuly's personal collections. These are a hoot to check out!
Chihuly Garden and Glass is located at 305 Harrison Street in Seattle, easily accessible via the Seattle Monorail.