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Exhibition: ‘Chihuly Garden and Glass’, Seattle Center

Long-term exhibition

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Chihuly Garden and Glass
Glasshouse, Pacific Sun and Space Needle
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Glasshouse and Garden
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Chihuly Garden and Glass
Glasshouse (day)
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After just nine months of construction, Chihuly Garden and Glass, an exhibition looking at the career of Northwest artist Dale Chihuly, will open to the public in Seattle at 11 a.m. on Monday, May 21. To mark the occasion, Dale Chihuly will dedicate the exhibition’s centerpiece Glasshouse in a brief ceremony, culminating with the artist signing and dating one of the building’s structural beams. The centerpiece of Chihuly Garden and Glass is the Glasshouse. It is the result of Chihuly’s lifelong appreciation for conservatories with a design that draws inspiration from two of his favorite buildings: Sainte-Chapelle in Paris and the Crystal Palace in London. The Glasshouse sculpture is an expansive installation in a color palette of reds, oranges, yellows and amber. Made of many individual elements, it is one of Chihuly’s largest suspended sculptures.

Dale Chihuly said, “It is every artist’s dream to be able to showcase their work in one place and I am pleased to have this opportunity in my home community. The best works of my career are brought together in this exhibition and I hope everyone likes it.”

Located at the foot of the iconic Space Needle at Seattle Center, the city’s cultural hub, Chihuly Garden and Glass has transformed 1.5 acres of asphalt into a spectacular outdoor garden, a 40-foot-tall Glasshouse and 8 galleries of Chihuly’s art. The exhibition brings together all the elements of Chihuly’s work, including Drawings, signature glass series, large architectural installations and personal collections in a long-term exhibition. The exhibition’s centerpiece Glasshouse features one of the artist’s largest, suspended sculptures created specifically for Chihuly Garden and Glass. In addition to the artworks, the exhibition also features a first look at Chihuly’s extensive personal collections in the Collections Café.

The Exhibition Hall contains eight galleries and two Drawing Walls, offering visitors a comprehensive look at Chihuly’s significant series of work, including:

  • Glass Forest
  • Northwest Room
  • Sealife Room
  • Persian Ceiling
  • Mille Fiori
  • Ikebana and Float Boats
  • Chandeliers
  • Macchia Forest
  • Drawing Walls

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Dale Chihuly calls the Pacific Northwest home and supports many arts and civic communities in the region including Hilltop Artists and Pilchuck Glass School, both of which he co-founded. Pilchuck Glass School joins Pratt Fine Arts Center, ArtsFund and Seattle Public Schools as community partners for Chihuly Garden and Glass. Through these organizations Chihuly Garden and Glass supports opportunities for involvement and engagement in the arts, including the creation of a science curriculum based on glass blowing for middle school students in the Public Schools.

It is estimated that over 400,000 people a year will come to Seattle from all corners of the world to view this exhibition. 

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About Chihuly Garden and Glass

Chihuly Garden and Glass provides a look at the career of artist Dale Chihuly. Located at Seattle Center, the exhibition features an Exhibition Hall offering visitors a comprehensive look at Chihuly’s significant series of work. Visitors will also enjoy the centerpiece Glasshouse – a dramatic structure housing a suspended 1,340-piece, 100-foot-long glass sculpture – and the Garden, which is a backdrop for a number of monumental sculptures and other installations.”

Press release from the Chihuly Garden and Glass website

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Chihuly Garden and Glass
Pacific Sun and Glasshouse (evening)

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Glasshouse and Pacific Sun (evening)
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Glasshouse and Pacific Sun (evening)
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Chihuly Garden and Glass
Viola Crystal Tower and Glasshouse (night)
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Chihuly Garden and Glass
305 Harrison St
Seattle, WA 98109

Opening hours:
Sunday – Thursday 11am – 10pm
Friday – Saturday 11am – 11pm

Chihuly Garden and Glass website

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Dr Marcus Bunyan is an Australian artist and writer. His work explores the boundaries of identity and place. He writes the Art Blart blog which reviews exhibitions in Melbourne, Australia and posts exhibitions from around the world. He has a Dr of Philosophy from RMIT University, Melbourne and is currently studying a Master of Art Curatorship at The University of Melbourne.

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