Looking Glass

Yesterday Josh and I along with our friends Aaron and Liddy went to look at glass. Now, you might think that sounds boring, BUT it's not. I swear, it's crazy awesome glass and it's at the Chihuly Gardens & Glass exhibition in Seattle Center.

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 โ€œa thousand flowersโ€ It's a strange garden, but a cool garden.

 Chihuly Mille Fiore 

Chihuly Mille Fiore 

 Chihuly Floating Boat

Chihuly Floating Boat

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?

 Chihuly Chandeliers

Chihuly Chandeliers

 Space Needle and Chihuly

Space Needle and Chihuly

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. 

Dale Chihuly makes some pretty awesome glass. Now, go look at it. See all of my pictures on my Chihuly Flickr album. Or, better yet, go visit (there's even a free audio tour for your smartphone).

 Heather and Josh at Chihuly Gardens

Heather and Josh at Chihuly Gardens

 Aaron, Liddy, Josh, and Heather at Chihuly

Aaron, Liddy, Josh, and Heather at Chihuly