Spotlight On Dale Chihuly Garden and Glass
Updated: Jun 12
"I want people to be overwhelmed with light and color in some way that they've never experienced." Dale Chihuly
The Chihuly Garden and Glass exhibit in the Seattle Center showcases the studio glass of Dale Chihuly and is one of the most memorable and inspiring places we have visited. We tell everyone visiting Seattle to experience this little gem especially as it will leave you with tons of ideas to decorate your garden, patio or deck afterwards.
Who is Dale Chihuly?
Dale Chihuly is an American glass sculptor and entrepreneur. His unique works are highly regarded and recognized in the field of blown glass, especially as he uses the technically difficult medium to create large sculptures, installations, chandeliers and environmental work.
Born in 1941 in Tacoma, Washington, Chihuly was introduced to glass while studying interior design at the University of Washington. After graduating in 1965, he enrolled in the first glass program at the University of Wisconsin and subsequently studied at the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD), where he established a glass program and taught for more than a decade.
He received a Fulbright Fellowship in 1968 and went to work at the Venini glass factory in Venice. Seeing the approach to blowing glass at Venini became a critical influence to the way he works today. In 1971, Chihuly cofounded the international Pilchuck Glass School in Washington State where he has led the avant-garde in the development of glass as a fine art.
His work is included in more than 200 museum collections worldwide and he has been the recipient of many awards, including twelve honorary doctorates and two fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts.
Why we love the Chihuly Garden and Glass Art Exhibition
The Chihuly Garden and Glass exhibit features three primary areas: the Galleries, the Glasshouse and the Garden Exhibits. All three areas will show you how Chihuly plays with light and color and breaks traditional norms of glass as a medium.
The Galleries: The Galleries consist of eight galleries and three Drawing Walls and will give you both day and night experiences: featuring overhead glass lights, chandeliers, sculptures and more. Look up, look down and be prepared to take in the beauty.
The Glasshouse: The centerpiece of the exhibit. The Glasshouse is a 40ftt tall, glass and steel structure covering 4,500 square feet of light-filled space and is the result of the artist’s appreciation for conservatories. The installation is an expansive 100-foot long sculpture in reds, oranges, yellows and amber. Made up of individual elements, it is one of Chihuly’s largest suspended sculptures. The perception of the artwork varies depending on the natural light at different times of the day.
The Garden: Obviously, this is our favorite part of the exhibit! When you step into the Garden you will enter a mini world of discovery and surprise. The Garden is lined with trees, plants and colorful flowers forming a natural backdrop that harmoniously blends with Chihuly's vibrant sculptures. At the center of the Garden you will find the Sun; a bright, light explosion of yellow and orange. One of the things we love about the Garden exhibit, is how the glass sculptures look like Garden Lights - giving us tons of ideas for how we can use color and light in our own backyards.
Add the Chihuly Garden and Light exhibit to your bucket list if you've never been. It will be hard NOT to be inspired to get creative with lighting and decorating your outdoor space.
For more information Visit: https://www.chihulygardenandglass.com/visit/plan-your-visit
Note: due to COVID-19 the exhibit is temporarily closed but feel free to browse the Chihuly Garden Instagram page to be inspired in the meantime.