Monday’s Meander: Chihuly Garden & Glass

A “contained ceiling” installation of glass art by Dale Chihuly

One of the big sights in Seattle is the Dale Chihuly glass exhibition housed long term in Seattle Center, established in 2012. Marc and I enjoyed it at its inception that year and were pleased to visit again. Born and raised in nearby Tacoma, Chihuly is world renowned for his organic, imaginative glass formations. A major installation of site-specific work is Chihuly Over Venice, his glass sculptures installed over canals and piazzas;he has installed several other major works. His work is included in over 200 museum collections around the world.

Botanic and oceanic forms largely highlight the Seattle exhibit, and large and small bowls inspired by Native American basketry also are significant. The colors of his work are vibrant and saturated, the forms often sinuous. There are eight galleries represented here, as well as a Glasshouse and Garden. As during the original visit, I was swept happily into his original, curious world which shone with a radiant light. Enjoy this fantastical meandering!

Space Needle behind the Chihuly sculpture

6 thoughts on “Monday’s Meander: Chihuly Garden & Glass

  1. Dear Cynthia
    We like this art, it’s amazingly fine and so different to the Swedish art of using glass. We lived for quite a while in Småland where the famous Swedish glass art comes from like Orrefors and Kosta Boda. As children we went there to get big pieces of coloured glass, the breakage.
    Thanks for sharing
    The Fab Four of Cley
    🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

    1. Fab Four of Cley,
      I am pleased you enjoyed this post. I love the visual arts and often include it just allude to same in nonfiction, fiction or poetry. Chihuly is a fascinating artist.

      Your experiences as children sound lovely. My son, as a youth, worked a year in a small business that produced luxury car windshields but the owner was really a contemporary glass artist and Joshua learned a lot as well as made a few things.

      Thanks for coming by and commenting!

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