My mother is a huge Dale Chihuly fan.
When we were discussing the probability of us moving to Seattle one of my thoughts was ‘when mom comes out we’ll have to go to Tacoma.’ I had heard about the Museum of Glass, but didn’t know a lot other than what I google’d quickly to check out admission times and parking situation. (We parked for free near the Tacoma Dome and rode the train there, for free. Brilliant.)
She came to visit and we headed that way. We crossed over the Chihuly Bridge of Glass. This was by far the best part. In fact, I could’ve easily not paid the $12 to get into the Museum of Glass. Of course, I didn’t know that then. For what it’s worth, the Hot Shop, where you can watch them blowing and shaping and creating was amazing. It would’ve been even better if I didn’t have a 5 year old boy who was anxious to keep moving. (Their website boasts a live video of them working, it’s not up right now, but I’ll keep checking on that one.)
Anyways – on to the glass – The bridge. From http://museumofglass.org – “Furthest from the Museum is the Seaform Pavilion, a ceiling made of 2,364 objects from Chihuly’s Seaform and Persian series. Placed on top of a fifty-by-twenty-foot plate-glass ceiling, the forms are suspended in midair and make dramatic use of natural light. As visitors walk under this pavilion, they experience a seemingly underwater world of glass shapes and forms a few feet above their heads.” (The website also shows this lite up at night and it looks amazing! We must stop and see it next time we pass through after dusk.)
Regarding those tall sculptures behind mom and Gavin in the first picture the website has this to say - “Marking the center of the bridge are the Crystal Towers, which rise forty feet above the bridge deck and serve as beacons of light for the bridge and city. Illuminated from below, the forms glow at night. The 63 large crystals in each tower are made from Polyvitro, a polyurethane material developed to withstand the elements. The Crystal Tower elements are raw, brutal forms, monumental and bold, that appear as if cut from mountain peaks or taken from frozen alpine lakes.”
Then the last part of the bridge – “At the approach to the Museum is the Venetian Wall, an eighty-foot installation displaying 109 sculptures from three of Chihuly’s series: Venetians, Ikebana, and Putti. The Venetians are exuberant sculptures with origins in Venetian Art Deco glass. Ikebana are quiet pieces, created in the spirit of traditional Japanese floral arrangements. Putti were popular figures in European art of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries and represent Cupid, the Roman god of love. The Venetian Wall is a collection of some of the largest blown-glass works executed in the history of the medium.” (museum of glass website)
This is the view looking back over the bridge the way we came. These Venetians’ back lit from the sun (or lit at night) would be perfection.
This is the outside of the Hot Shop – where they create masterpieces of art.
Then down the stairs and inside. I really enjoyed the Hot Shop. And Gavin did great, for an antsy 5 year old.
We ended our trip with a stop in the gift shop. Lots of neat items and cool things I wish I had bought.
Looks like I will need to go back soon.