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Chihuly Glass Museum, Seattle: a BEAUTIFUL Art Exhibit!

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…
Chihuly glass museum exhibit: boat

Sail away to a glass fantasy of gorgeousness.

When One Chihuly Exhibit Closed…

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.

Chihuly Garden and Glass in Seattle Opened!

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!

Chihuly Garden and Glass in Seattle

Do these glass stems remind you of graceful swans?

Who is the Artist, Dale Chihuly?

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.

Where are Other Chihuly Glass Exhibits?

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.

Chihuly glass museum in Seattle: Spiky glass plants in your face!

Spiky glass plants in your face!

Chihuly Glass Art in Montreal, Canada

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!

Chihuly garden and glass: Blue sculpture

The fronds of glass almost look fuzzy!

Visiting Chihuly Glass Museum, Seattle

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.

Chihuly glass art: Beautiful boat of glass balls.

Beautiful boat of glass balls.

Biggest Chihuly Museum?!

Yes! This cool 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.

Chihuly museum, Seattle: Rainbow ceiling

Don’t you want this ceiling in your house?

Events at Chihuly Garden and Glass

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.

Chihuly garden: 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).

Chihuly glass garden in the Seattle museum

How does your garden grow?

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

Chihuly glass garden in the Seattle museum

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

Chihuly glass ceiling in the Seattle museum

I could swim in the loveliness of that ceiling.

Chihuly glass sculpture in the Seattle exhibit

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.

Chihuly exhibit: glass ceiling in the Seattle museum

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!

Want more glass art? Click on my giant roundup called “Decorative Glass Art Across the Globe” or browse this gorgeous list of 40 real-world examples of Art Inspiration and Drawing Prompts!

Pro Tip:

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THOMAS R. JOHNSTON, JR.

Saturday 3rd of October 2020

In Pittsburgh, the Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens kept many pieces of Chihuly that are from the MAY 10, 2007 – FEB. 24, 2008 installation. This spectacular exhibit attracted more than 400,000 visitors, including guests from every state and 52 foreign countries.

Lillie Marshall

Sunday 4th of October 2020

Yes!!! I was recently able to visit Phipps Conservatory and loved the Chihuly pieces they still have! See lots of photos from my visit here: https://aroundtheworldl.mystagingwebsite.com/botanical-gardens-phipps-flowers/

Nancy

Friday 13th of March 2020

Spectacular photos! I live near Seattle and I would love to see Dale Chihuly's work. Thanks for the CityPass tip!

Melody Scott

Thursday 2nd of January 2020

How did I not know about this man? I went to the Tiffany Museum in FL, it was wonderful, but this is phenomenal. Thanks for introducing me to this work!

Lillie Marshall

Thursday 2nd of January 2020

So glad to tip you off to it! It's a can't-miss attraction if you're a fellow glass art lover!

Jenna at Boston Chic Party

Saturday 6th of February 2016

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

Lillie

Sunday 7th of February 2016

Thanks for reading and commenting, Jenna!

Sagar Kole

Thursday 4th of February 2016

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...

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