The Chihuly Garden and Glass exhibition is a true feast for the eyes. Located at the base of the Space Needle, the homage to Tacoma Washington native Dale Chihuly, is one of Seattle’s newest sights. Opening in May 2012, it showcases decades of his most significant works.
The vibrancy of colors, the reflection of light, blew me away the moment I walked into the first gallery, the Glass Forest. However, I could not stop and ponder. I was on a mission.
As I made my way from gallery to gallery on my way to the garden, I passed the most incredible installations that I dared not look at for more than a second for fear of becoming distracted and missing the opportunity of having the gardens to myself.
I stepped out of the galleries and into this incredibly majestic greenhouse. This light-filled space is home to one of Chihuly’s largest installations with over 1300 red, orange, and yellows Persians that twinkle as the sunlight reflects off of them.
Chihuly’s Sun, an explosion of yellow, demands your attention the moment you step out into the garden. The garden, lush with flowers and plants, is the setting for four monumental sculptures. The pathway’s are lined with trees, and the glass installations seem to belong there naturally.
After a good 20 minutes of alone time in the garden, people finally started to trickle in. It was time to go back inside. The galleries were no less magnificent on my second time through.
Space Needle on Chihuly Balls
Ikebana and Float Boat
Chihuly Close Up