For someone like me–that likes the intersection of art and gardens–the Chihuly Gardens and Glass “gallery” in Seattle, literally at the base of the Space Needle, is my Mecca.
On a recent trip to Seattle our first ever, it was the first place we visited the first day we arrived. Since seeing a Chihuly exhibition in Buffalo’s Albright-Knox Gallery in 1997, my wife and I have been hooked. this was before his projects that included gardens.
The exhibition covered many of his works series – the Chandeliers, the Macchia (flower-ish-shaped bowls), a glass forest, one of his Persian Ceilings, Ikibana and Float Boats, among other projects and collections.
The gallery opened in 2012. A central feature is its glass house, its design inspired by Sainte-Chapelle in Paris and the Crystal Palace in London.
I’ve seen a couple other installations of his glass in different botanical gardens around the U.S. and abroad. I can’t wait to see more.
It had $26/person entry fee. Worth every penny.
See past posts on other Chihuly exhibitions: