Sunday, July 5, 2015

An Afternoon With the Girls and Dale Chihuly...

"I want people to be overwhelmed with light and color in a way they have never experienced."
                                                                                          - Dale Chihuly

Rubye has visited the Chihuly Garden and Glass exhibition many times and loves it so much that she wanted to share it with Kamaria and the rest of us. I have seen some of Dale Chihuly's work before. If memory serves me right, some of his work was on display when the Everett Center for the Arts was located at the Monte Cristo Hotel during the same time my late husband David was doing his jazz concerts there. While our jazz aficionado friends would wait in the lobby for the concert to start, they could browse the art on display. What wonderful days those were!  Larry and I have seen some of Chihuly's chandeliers at the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center, too. This exhibit near the Space Needle  was much more impressive -  It was breathtakingly beautiful, and as we walked through, his energy was there with us - in his drawings that fill the walls, his personal collections  on display, and his inspired works that  fill the galleries.

The Exhibit Hall (which formerly housed the Fun Forest’s indoor arcade games and kiddie rides) has been thoroughly redesigned—with interior walls painted a warm, dark color the staff —to house a thorough representation of the artist’s vast body of work.

The first thing we saw upon entering the exhibit was the Glass Forest, one of Dale Chihuly's first large-scale installations done in collaboration with James Carpenter and originally exhibited in 1971. 

 We then went into the Northwest Room with his collection of American Indian trade blankets and baskets.

This led to the Sealife Room...

This 15-foot Sealife Tower takes inspiration from the sea and Puget Sound. It was covered with
 golden starfish and shells.

 We then viewed the  36-foot-long “Persian Ceiling” with sparkling glass overhead - truly amazing! Walking beneath it felt like being underwater, with the dappled reflections playing upon the surrounding walls.

The Mille Fiori was the next stop - wow! 

  Such exquisite detail...

This looks like kelp and seaweed... 

Next came the Ikebana and Float Boat

and the Chandeliers...

This one reminded me of a bunch of carrots - it was much more orange in person.

I loved this color green. It would match the interior of Jumbo perfectly!

The Macchia Forest was next. My photos don't come close to doing it justice.

This one looks like the inside of a Morning Glory.

A close-up of my favorite green...

Although these amethyst were quite beautiful, too.

We stopped at the theater to watch a short video on Chihuly. There were actually quite a few videos to view, but when the girls got up from their seats, we guessed that they'd seen enough, so we took the Chandelier Walkway  to the garden.

I didn't get a good shot of the chandelier at the end that reminded the girls of a root beer float.

The artist 

 I was impressed by the way the flower plantings coordinated perfectly with the glass works they accompanied. They played off each other beautifully.

These pieces reminded me of purple flamingos. 

Sapphire Blue Sea Holly 

 The green was dazzling in the sunlight!


Some kind of Hydrangea

 I loved the log...

The Space Needle and Kamaria reflected in the glass ball! 

The Glasshouse, a 40-foot tall glass and steel structure, was inspired by Chihuly's fascination with conservatories.

 It includes a 100-foot long suspended sculpture in a color palette of reds, oranges, yellows and amber. Made of many individual elements, it is one of Chihuly’s largest suspended sculptures.

The Space Needle through the Glasshouse. 

 We truly hated for the visit to end. I thank you Rubye from the bottom of my heart for sharing your love of this incredible man and his work with us.

Time to head for the bus stop and make our way home.

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