Located within the Seattle Center, next to the Space Needle, the Chihuly Garden and Glass is a museum that first opened in 2012, and was founded by artist Dale Chihuly. With a focus on the use of glass to create fine art, this museum is a unique one that will no doubt inspire you.
Chihuly Garden and Glass features eight different galleries, as well as three drawing walls, and these all encompass a comprehensive collection of Dale Chihuly’s work. From exploring how Chihuly managed to push the boundaries of the art world by using glass as an art medium to understanding his different creative concepts and styles of execution, these galleries are truly fascinating.
While it is possible to arrange for a guided tour of Chihuly Garden and Glass, the museum also offers an audio tour that enables you to explore the exhibits at your own pace. This is a great opportunity to learn more in-depth information about Dale Chihuly as you tour his work, discovering the influences that have shaped his career over the years.
For many visitors, one of the main highlights of a visit to Chihuly Garden and Glass is the 40 foot tall glass and steel structure, known as the Glasshouse. Taking up an area of 4500 square feet, the Glasshouse reflects the passion that Chihuly has always had for conservatories. Within the Glasshouse, you will find one of the artist’s biggest suspended sculptures, stretching out for 100 feet. Made up of a vibrant color palette, this sculpture consists of a number of different individual elements, with its effect changing with the light of the day.
The garden is an important part of the Chihuly Garden and Glass, with its four monumental sculptures being one of the first things that you will notice. With winding pathways surrounded by lush trees and plants, the nature all around you provides an incredible backdrop for all of the art that has been placed in the garden, resulting in quite the unique viewing experience.
For those who want to learn more about Chihuly’s art-making process, the Theater is the place to go. This is where you will be able to watch short videos and interviews on everything from glassblowing to setting up installations, with visitors enjoying a one-of-a-kind insight into how Chihuly’s team manages to bring all of the artist’s ideas to life.
For those who are making a day of their visit to Chihuly Garden and Glass, there is a café on-site, called Collections Café, where you can stop off for a bite to eat or something to drink. The eclectic menu beautifully represents Chihuly’s personality and artwork, with dishes including Wild Gulf Shrimp Gambas with a garlic aioli, and Dungeness Crab Cakes with an apple and watermelon slaw.
For art lovers visiting Seattle, Chihuly Garden and Glass is a must-visit attraction. There are not many museums of this kind in the world, and this is a great opportunity to see exactly how a talented artist has managed to really push the boundaries within the art world.