I have a confession to make. I don’t really like going to museums. Well, let me qualify that. Some are ok. I’ve enjoyed a few in Washington, D.C. and a few in Paris. But generally, (and I know this isn’t a popular thing to say) I’m not all that big on art, and I guess those are the museums I’m least thrilled about seeing.
Have you ever heard the name Dale Chihuly? He’s a Seattle “Glass Master” who received his MFA from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1967, (where I live) and a number of his pieces hang on the walls of the Kohl Center, Madison’s sports/event center. So in 1998, shortly after its opening, I escorted one of my kid’s school classes to see the permanent art exhibit. Being the (non) art aficionado that I am, I found the pieces interesting, but unusual.
Fast forward to 2017, on a recent visit to Seattle, attending the Chihuly Garden and Glass art exhibit was low on my priorities of “things to do in Seattle.” Especially to the tune of about $30 per person, and there were six of us. Oh, joy.
Boy, was I wrong. This place was amazing!
Entering the exhibit, it takes a few moments for your eyes to adjust. You enter a completely dark room, illuminated only by the enormous displays of art glass, one after another, room after room.
I’m a horrible judge, but each of these ensembles are the length of a room, probably 20 feet or more in length. Sitting on a smooth-as-glass base, the reflections are as exciting as the art.
Continuing on, this room is probably 30 feet or more in length. If you look closely, you can make out a few people to the left and right, below.
While some of the pieces are set into a base, others are hanging from the ceiling, while still other pieces are enormous bowls and vases. Chihuly concocted a way to create art pieces with one color on the inside and another on the outside, as below.
Meandering through the exhibit leads to a bright, window-walled room with a huge display hanging from above:
And finally, passing out through the gardens, a co-mingling of art and nature.
This wondrous display turned into the highlight of the day. If you have a chance to experience this exhibit (in Seattle, New York and other locations) I highly recommend it! You won’t be disappointed.