Jan 252016
 
The Chihuly glass art exhibit in Seattle, WA is out of this world.

The Chihuly glass art exhibit in Seattle, WA is out of this world.

Is there a word to describe nostalgia for something you’ll never see again? A beloved house that’s been sold. A favorite store that’s closed forever. A one-time-only art exhibit that’s since been disassembled and scattered around the world…

Sail away to a glass fantasy of gorgeousness.

Sail away to a glass fantasy of gorgeousness.

This “I’ll never see it again! Nooo!” nostalgia was my feeling about the Chihuly glass art exhibit that I fell in love with in 2011 during its temporary showing at Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts. I knew the exhibit wouldn’t be up for long, and after the weeks it was in my hometown, it would be disassembled and — so sad! — taken from my eyes forever. Or so I thought…

Space Needle and magenta glass geode.

The famed Space Needle behind Chihuly’s magenta glass geode.

Imagine my pure joy, then, when I learned that the entire exhibit had found a permanent home in Seattle, Washington! Even better, Seattle is the very city where my “little” brother (you know, the 6-foot 6-inch tall guy) just moved, meaning I could buy a plane ticket to see my sibling AND Chihuly!

Do these glass stems remind you of graceful swans?

Do these glass stems remind you of graceful swans?

For those unfamiliar with the artist Dale Chihuly, he is perhaps the most famous glass artist on Earth, and was born in 1941 in Washington state. His works are found all around the world, and have actually been featured several times on this blog already, spotted in various cities.

A display of colorful textiles that inspired Chihuly.

A display of colorful textiles that inspired Chihuly.

In the lobby of the Corning Museum of Glass in the Finger Lakes region of New York, you can spot a classic Chihuly tree of twisted green glass that is featured in the sixth photo down of the post I’ve linked on the museum’s name above.

Spiky glass plants in your face!

Spiky glass plants in your face!

In Montreal, Canada, a massive yellow glass “sun” by Chihuly is a central tourist attraction, as you can see in the fifth photo down on that post. Chihuly also has famous works in lobbies in Las Vegas, Boston, and countless cities around the world. Adding a Chihuly to a room boosts the beauty and coolness of that room a million times over!

The fronds of glass almost look fuzzy!

The fronds of glass almost look fuzzy!

So what and where, exactly, is this Seattle spot where I took these color-exploding photos? This magical place is called Chihuly Garden and Glass, and is right below the famous Seattle Space Needle. It opened in 2012 and is the largest Chihuly exhibit in the world.

Beautiful boat of glass balls.

Beautiful boat of glass balls.

The museum has both an indoor area (dimly lit so the glass positively glows against the sleek black floors) and an outdoor garden in which real, live plants are mixed with Chihuly’s glass ones to delicious effect.

Don't you want this ceiling in your house?

Don’t you want this ceiling in your house?

If you are really cool (like my brother and my friend Carla), you can go one step further than just touring the exhibit… and can actually attend events there! Dancing? Concerts? Dinners? Fundraisers? The museum hosts them all, and I need to get myself an invite to one, stat.

Blue glass snakes!

Blue glass snakes!

As you browse through these luscious photos, I’m curious which pieces call to you the most. For me, my hands-down favorite is the colored jellyfish ceiling featured in the first and last photos of this article (and several more in between because I love it so much).

How does your garden grow?

How does your garden grow?

Let’s look at a few more pieces and see which ones YOU enjoy the most…

I love the contrast of the soft white real flowers with the hard blue glass stalks.

I love the contrast of the soft white real flowers with the hard blue glass stalks.

I could swim in the loveliness of that ceiling.

I could swim in the loveliness of that ceiling.

A close-up of the giant blue glass fuzz ball.

A close-up of the giant blue glass fuzz ball.

Can you see the bottom of the Space Needle outside this greenhouse?

Can you see the bottom of the Space Needle outside this greenhouse?

Like open flower mouths.

Glass like open flower mouths.

Space Needle and famous yellow sun tree.

The Space Needle and Chihuly’s famous yellow sun.

A close-up of the ceiling jellyfish.

A close-up of the ceiling jellyfish.

Classic Chihuly chandeliers in the outdoor walkway.

Classic Chihuly chandeliers in the outdoor walkway.

The outdoor garden mixes glass and natural plants.

The outdoor garden mixes glass and natural plants.

Thank you for making the world's eyes so happy, Chihuly!

Thank you for making the world’s eyes so happy, Chihuly!

I hope you enjoyed this walk through Chihuly’s masterpieces as much as I did! Do leave a comment about your reactions, and any connections you have to Chihuly art around the world. I always love to hear your thoughts and experiences!

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  28 Responses to “The Most Beautiful Art Exhibit in the World: Chihuly Glass”

  1. Your pictures are gorgeous! I loved visiting this exhibit when in Seattle- it was amazing and your pics brought back all those memories. Thanks for sharing, lady!
    xoxo, Jenna

  2. Hey Lillie,
    This post is truly amazing, and seriously I need those kinda off ceiling at my home, 😉 that’s really very pretty! My fiancee will really love it. 🙂
    Keep posting such kinda of posts it really makes the day go good…

  3. I totally want all those chandeliers for my house, they are gorgeous. 🙂
    Chihuly glass is new to me, so thanks for the education. Beautiful post!

  4. I’m not going to show my complete ignorance and admit that I had never heard of Dale Chihuly before I read this post! Thank you, though, for introducing me to him and his work – it’s incredible! I really (really) want one of those chandeliers in my house 🙂

  5. One of my favorite museums in the U.S. I wish we still lived in Seattle so it was closer.

  6. Wow, how talented Chihuly is. It looks absolutely stunning.

  7. Wow, this looks really stunning. I will do this when I will be in Seattle.

  8. Such a great place! One of my favorite things to do in Seattle. You could just look at the different exhibits forever taking in all the details. You got some great shots on a clear day too. Thanks for sharing.

  9. That really is an amazing display of glass. I’d love to see it for real!

  10. Incredible stuff! I would love to visit this exhibition and have some of their pieces at home as decoration 🙂 Lovely!

  11. OMG these pictures are Absolutely amazing! I’m sold. I need to get to Seattle now. Great share!

  12. I loved seeing this the last time I was in Seattle. Glad you saw it in sunshine too. Seeing that light through the glass is incredible. He’s a god.

  13. Your blog post inspired me to include this on our itinerary in Seattle in February. Going to see the glass museum in Tacoma, too!

  14. Chihuly Glass must be the most beautiful in the world. We visited his Museum of Glass in Tacoma in 2006. It is a vivid memory. Your photos bring it back so strongly. Thanks.

  15. I’ve loved Chihuly’s glass ever since I first saw it displayed in Tacoma, Washington. It’s very fitting to have the full display here in Seattle. And it’s less than a mile from my house, so I get to see it all the time. He’s really a brilliant artist. Only wish I could afford some of his work!

  16. What an amazing exhibit. I love Chihuly glass and have seen a few works — the large installation at the Bellagio in Vegas and a few small pieces at Grand Wailea in Maui. All gorgeous!

  17. Wow! Gorgeous! I’ll have to go to an exhibit of his work sometime!

  18. Memories of our Seattle trip!! Beautiful photography!

  19. I love Chihuly glass, thanks for posting such fantastic photos of his fantastical works.

  20. So happy to see this – I love his work so very much.

  21. Wow! You got some great photos! We were just at this attraction in December – no blue skies for us! 🙂

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