You may think, "oh, it's a bunch of boring glass bowls and vases." Um, no. It's towering spirals and psychedelic forms. Sure there is a "bowl" here and there, but most entire displays of glass. Look at this display of glass. It's called Mille Fiore - Italian for “a thousand flowers” It's a strange garden, but a cool garden.
There was about nine rooms all with something new and amazing. I think my favorite was the Ikehana and Floating Boat exhibit. The boat with the balls made me think of Venice and Murano, and my visit there - what a great place. It's no wonder it made me think of Murano - it's the island of glass. Chihuly visited Italy and found lots of inspiration. But the idea of putting the glass balls into the gondola just screamed Italy at me.
Another cool thing about these exhibits was the reflective surfaces they used throughout the rooms. Sometimes you couldn't figure out where the glass stopped. If you looked down you saw the glass reflecting back. The Chandelier room really captured the use of the reflective surfaces and the black room. Can you tell that these were handing from the ceiling?
There was a sealife room - made me think of Little Mermaid. Here's a close-up of the little sea creatures hanging out on this sculpture.
The art continued outside, where there was the Chihuly gardens. Out of the gardens sprang up reds, purples, greens, and all sorts of swirls and spirals. On this picture, I was able to capture the reflection of the Space Needle. I was also able to grab the Space Needle with the red swiggles. Or check this out with the garden and random blue neon spikes.
Being in the gardens made me wish I had been there for the Top Chef episode where they ate some tasty food in the Chihuly gardens. Wouldn't that have been nice. Aww well, we had a lovely day even without Top Chef nibbles.