Friday, November 7, 2014

Chihuly - Saturday Snapshots

Several years ago when a friend visited from Florida, we decided to drive over to Tacoma to Dale Chihuly's Museum of Glass. I'm so glad we did! Not only did we see an exhibition of gorgeous works of glass, we actually saw artists creating their glass sculptures in the museum's Hot Shop. Here are some photos I took of that visit.
(Click on pictures to enlarge.)


The distinctive stainless steel cone marks the museum's location.
Mt. Rainier peeks over the hill in the background.


The Chihuly Bridge of Glass (pedestrian walkway)
 is dominated by these huge glass sculptures. The bridge also
includes a covered display featuring smaller works.
One of the glass objects featured
in the covered display on the Chihuly Bridge.


A glass artist at work in the Hot Shop. 

You can watch glass artists at work here: Hot Shop Video / Live Feed

By the way, Chihuly Garden and Glass opened in Seattle in 2012. I haven't seen the exhibition, but it's supposed to be glorious. Here's more info: Chihuly Garden & Glass - Seattle

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26 comments:

Frances Stiles said...

This is wonderful, Sandy! I spend a few weeks in the winter with my friends in Clearwater, Fl. We go to St. Petersburg on day trips and there is a Chihuly museum there. We haven't gone to the museum itself, but there are examples of his work all over town. Thanks for sharing this! Have a great weekend!

Sean @ His And Her Hobbies said...

What an interesting place. Looks like it would be worth checking out if we are ever in the area.

Sean at His and Her Hobbies

Louise said...

What a great place to visit. I love going to visit new places,especially beautiful, arty ones like this. I'd take that second shot too.

jacquie said...

It's hard NOT to be totally enraptured by Chihuly's works. I saw an exhibition in Miami and they almost had to force me to leave! LOL Your photos captured some beautiful stuff Sandy!

Arti said...

Fantastic photos. I'm always amazed to see Chihuly's glass works. Thanks for this wonderful post!

Jackie Mc Guinness said...

I've only seen one of his pieces, in the meijer Gardens in Grand Rapids MI.

Sandra Nachlinger said...

I didn't realize there was a Chihuly museum in St. Pete. We used to live in Miami and visited the Tampa/St. Pete area often, but perhaps the museum was built after we moved to the Pacific Northwest.

Sandra Nachlinger said...

Thanks, Jacquie. When we lived in Miami, Chihuly staged an exhibition at Fairchild Tropical Gardens. Unfortunately, I missed it! But it looks like there's another one scheduled for December 6.

Creations by Laurel-Rain Snow said...

Gorgeous! I especially love the colors in the glass objects of the fourth photo. So unique. Thanks for sharing...and for visiting my blog.

Deb Nance at Readerbuzz said...

Glass art is so beautiful. It's the light, I think.

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Sandra Nachlinger said...

I didn't realize he had exhibitions in so many places! His creations are amazing.

Sandra Nachlinger said...

I'm glad you enjoyed the photos. I wish I'd taken more pictures of the objects in the display on the Chihuly Bridge.

Christine Harding said...

Love that first blue sculpture. It's amazing how glass can be manipulated in to beautiful shapes. My Snapshot is at http://chriscross53.blogspot.co.uk/

Leovi Leovi said...

Nice pictures! wonderful glass sculptures!

Ginx Craft said...

What a wonderful place, and I bet it was really interesting seeing the glass being worked with.

Vicki said...

What a great place to spend a day! Very nice shots!

Brona Joy said...

What a wonderful place. I will proabably never get to see it in real life - so thank you for sharing it with us today.
I love the way light works with glass - it made your photos really jump out :-)

grammajudyb said...

What wonderful photos! We don't often get to see such exhibits. Once in a while when we visit a metropolitan area, but not often. Thanks for sharing.

Sharon Taylor Xuereb said...

Glass art is fantastic. Thanks for sharing your fantastic photos.
Have a great week.
Sharon @ Sharon's Book Nook!

Lindsay said...

Those are some really beautiful examples of glasswork art.

Allison said...

I don't think I've seen glass sculptures before. Definitely, I've never seen them being created.

A few years ago, my husband and I did get to see sand sculptures in the works. That was a fascinating experience.

Julie said...

What a beautiful place! I would love to see it in person.

Sandra Nachlinger said...

I love that blue sculpture too. It was huge and glowed in the sunshine.

Sandra Nachlinger said...

It was fascinating. Looks like working with glass would be dangerous.

Sandra Nachlinger said...

Thank you. I agree -- I think the interaction of the glass with light is what makes it so appealing.

Sandra Nachlinger said...

I would love to see sand sculptures! The photos I've seen online and on TV are amazing.