Though on the pricey side ($22 for adults and $14 for kids as of spring 2016) it was well worth the cost to see this amazing exhibit. I was a bit skeptical (mainly because of the cost), but I was pleasantly surprised to see the beautiful glass work that filled this place. Thoughtfully displayed, the glass is truly amazing in size, color, pattern, and originality. You just have to stand and stare at it as it is so different than anything you have every seen. The gardens outside are interesting in that the vegetation matches the glass in color and texture.
There are eight galleries filled with his works, the gardens hold more whimsical glass pieces, and then there is the Glasshouse, inspired by historical glass conservatories, that contains an 100-foot long sculpture along its ceiling which is one of Chihuly’s largest suspended sculptures. As you look up at this suspended sculpture of glass you can see the Space Needle, perfectly framed. If you are lucky, your day will be sunny with a blue sky and you will get that perfect photo, or, in typical Seattle fashion, the day will be gray and your photo won’t shine as nicely. But it is still a surprise to look up and see it all.
The Chihuly Garden and Glass museum is located in Seattle’s Seattle Center just under the Space Needle. It showcases the studio glass of Dale Chihuly who is an American glass sculptor whose works are considered unique to the field of blown glass, “moving it into the realm of large-scale sculpture.” His glass can often be seen outside in large scale in outdoor areas around the world – floating in boats, hanging from bridges, along city streets. Born in Tacoma, Washington, his glass works are also in the Tacoma Museum of Glass (1801 Dock St, Tacoma, Washington).
The Wright family, children of Howard S. Wright II who constructed the Space Needle, invited Dale Chihuly to present a comprehensive collection of his work. Having always loved the Space Needle, Chihuly was delighted with the opportunity to design an Exhibition Hall, a Garden installation and a Glasshouse in which he decided everything right down to the color of the paint on the walls, the plants surrounding his art in the gardens, and the music to be played throughout.
The Armory right next door has many different restaurants to eat at, including Mod Pizza and a Starbucks.