Friday, April 17, 2020

Seattle CityPASS: Chihuly Garden and Glass

After visiting the Space Needle, I walked for a few meters to reach Chihuly Garden and Glass. The weather didn't cooperated on the day of my visit.

» Chihuly Garden and Glass «

Chihuly Garden and Glass, opened in May 2012, is a glass museum with the comprehensive exhibits of the glass artist, Dale Chihuly. It is also located in Seattle Center.



It features the three components: the Glass House, the Garden and the Galleries.

» Admission «

Below are their rates (as of April 2020) but if you will purchase Seattle CityPASS, you will spend less:

Adult Rate (Ages 13-64):    $32

King Country*:                    $27

Senior (Ages 65+):              $27

Youth (Ages 5-12):              $19

Child (Ages 4 and below):   Free


» The Experience «

I had fully advantage of all the exhibitions. Though I'm not fond of museums, the artistic approach was very impressive. They truly highlighted the glass art.

After entering the building, I presented my CityPASS mobile ticket and redeemed my Chihuly Garden and Glass ticket. I headed to the exhibits before going into the Glasshouse and Garden area.


Note: Immerse yourself in the complimentary audio tour that you can access on your smartphone. Just visit www.chihulytour.com or scan the QR code posted at the wall entrance.

» The Exhibits «

Note: Still photography and video is allowed from a handheld device but uses of flashes, monopods or video cameras are prohibited.

The gallery is divided in ten sections:

Glass Forest
The mind-blowing gallery that showcases the beauty of glassblowing. It was created in collaboration with Jamie Carpenter of James Carpenter Design Associates Inc.

Northwest Room
The gallery that focuses on glass vessels and native American baskets. The curator is Rock Hushka, a Curator of Contemporary and Northwest Art of Tacoma Art Museum.

SeaLife Room
The Sealife Tower was inspired from the sea and Puget Sound. The curator is Rock Hushka, a Curator of Contemporary and Northwest Art of Tacoma Art Museum.

Persian Ceiling
The glass shapes are located on a clear ceiling and is spread in the entire room. The sculptor was Martin Blank.

Millie Fiori
Millie Fiori means a thousand flowers, an Italian word. Chihuly assembles gardens of glass as inspired by the memories of his mother's garden.

Ikebana and Float Boats
It features long, flower-like glass stems inspired by the Japanese art of ikebana.

Drawing Walls
After losing sight in his left eye and dislocating his shoulder, Chihuly started drawing to express his vision for arts.

Chandeliers
Chihuly had an interest in architectural settings and presented his first Chandelier.

Macchia Forest
A German stained glass with a colorful pallet of over 300 colors.

Theater
The room, where they present short videos about Chihuly.

» The Glasshouse «

A 40-foot tall, glass and steel structure is the centrepiece of Chihuly Garden and Glass



» The Garden «

A lush garden filled with glass art pieces.


» Community Hot Shop «

Located in the Art Plaza, where you can catch a live glass-blowing demonstrations.


» Bookstore «

They offer a variety of works related to the glass artist, Dale Chihuly. They also offer souvenirs, partnered with Northwest companies.

I bought a postcard as a souvenir.


» Collections Cafe «

If you're feeling hungry, grab a bite at the Collections Cafe. They offer fresh and unique Northwest dining experience for lunch and afternoon bites. They offer starters, soups and salads, entrées and side dishes.

Unfortunately, I didn't try their food so I can't share the experience. I had my lunch at MOD Pizza, which is also located in Seattle Center. I will share it on my next post.

From the website

» Info «

Address:                    305 Harrison St, Seattle, WA 98109, United States
Open Hours:              Open daily, hours vary by season
Website:                    https://www.chihulygardenandglass.com/
E-mail Address:          info@chihulygardenandglass.com
Telephone Number:   (206) 753-4940



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