Anyway, a couple of weeks ago I did get to Seattle for a few days, which is just north of Tacoma. I was accompanying Chloe to her annual Art Therapy Assoc convention and one of the big attractions for me, other than some quality mother/daughter bonding time, was the new Chihuly gallery on the campus of the 1962 World's Fair. It turned out we arrived a day early for Chloe's sessions (that's my girl!) so we had a whole day free to enjoy ourselves.
The gallery is laid out in separate, themed rooms. Many of the exhibits, such as this one, are in the dark and on a mirrored surface so the reflection is highlighted along with the glass. I should also say they are enormous, this was several feet high and stretched far to the right and the left. It reminds me of flamingoes.
This is a detail of a HUGE one, reminiscent of the chandeliers.
This is a ceiling in a walkway between 2 rooms. Everyone was craning their heads up, trying hard to take a photo that would begin to do it justice.
Details from ceiling......
This whole room was taken up by a gondola of glass on a mirrored floor.
These photos are of a massive glass forest you could walk right round.
Some of Chihuly's energetic drawings and paintings are also on display.
By this time it was such a visual overload experience, even the neon exit sign looked pretty special!
In the gift shop the umbrellas had been hung from above to echo the ceiling height exhibits. I quite wish I'd bought one now.
The gallery is called Garden and Glass. The sheer scale of this magnificent room! It's a transition to the outdoor garden exhibits. The weather is rather like Britain..... grey skies and drizzle.
Outside that same room you can see how the landscaping is carefully color co-ordinated with the glass, so the exhibits are quite camouflaged. The photo above shows how the orange of the glass flowers in the transition room behind is echoed by the beautiful foliage. You almost don't notice the massive amethyst tower and the orbs that look like boulders.
The shapes and colors are so organic, sometimes you have to look carefully to see the glass.
My lovely daughter! We're in beautiful Seattle and the weather is good enough to eat outdoors. What could be nicer?