|The red 'floral' is in fact a glass structure.|
Following are some of the incredible blown glass displays that are both inside and outside, some of which have been shown in other parts of the world at one time or another.
|Neon gasses added make this a dramatic display of glass.|
|The artist's fascination with native American art is shown.|
Formerly an instructor at the Rhode Island School of Design, Chihuly collaborated with James Carpenter in 1971 to do glass in botanical designs. Thus evolved the "Glass Forest" which shows the delicate lines of growing things. Once out in the Glass Garden you can see many shapes imitating nature and the botanical additions make the stroll underneath the Space Needle quite fascinating.
The second 'room' is called the Northwest Room as it demonstrates the influence of the native Americans pottery and weaving on the work of Chihuly, who was born in Washington. The shapes and colors of the glass displayed mimic those of the early potters and weavers, much like glass that might have been tossed against the Pacific shores and then polished by the finder, in some of the pieces.
There was so much to see and there were a lot of people standing and walking so that it was sometimes a distraction to focus on one area over another. This entire collection is much more than just a display of glass art, but shows how the artist grew in his understanding of the medium, and how he literally stretched both the boundaries of the glass and the ways it could be presented.
|Here is a glass ceiling you might not want to break through!|
In the "Mille Fiori" room, the colors of the glass against the black walls and mirrored bases was so dramatic that one simply had to sit down and let all the colors wash over and through the eyes. There was some 50's music playing in the background which I found somewhat distracting, however.
The name for the room comes from the Italian meaning 'thousands of flowers' inspired by the artist's mother's garden. First exhibited in 2003 at the Tacoma Art Museum, this display features many of the varieties of Chihuly's works. The techniques used relied more on gravity, fire and centrifugal force for this collection.
After the loss of sight in one eye and a shoulder problem, Chihuly turned more of his work over to the team and used his artistic drawings to convey his objectives. But in 1992, during a solo exhibition at the Seattle Art Museum, he determined that a space was missing something and he created what has become one of his most impressive series, the chandeliers. In 1995-96 in the Chihuly Over Venice presentation, he hung thirteen of them throughout the city with the final 14th juxtaposed with the Palazzo Ducale Tower's ancient one. Those shown here are either from that event or were inspired by it.
|Green glass chandelier|
|Close-up of white chandelier|
|Red-orange glass chandelier|
|The Macchia Forest with four foot bowls of color!|
|Inside of one of the bowls in the Macchia Forest.|
|Hanging floral in glass inside the glass conservatory.|
We took our break for lunch and then continued afterwards by going into the glass conservatory which houses an enormous floral display in glass suspended from the ceiling. You can see the Needle just outside.
I wanted to show you all the details of this incredible display but I have to leave room for your 'dessert' which is the garden outside.
|Did you see the dark orbs that might be slick seals just under the log?|
|Notice the colored tree bark and the flowers ...|
|Near the exit, blue flutes on tall stalks...|
|Metallic tiles create color on a Center building.|