Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Stunning Outdoor Glass Artwork

On a recent trip to the beach, my husband and I took a little side trip into Tacoma, Washington. We're both fans of the glass artist Dale Chihuly, and his home town of Tacoma offers many options for his fans to view his work. If you're as big a fan as I am, you'll enjoy these sights, all of them on or near the Pacific Avenue museum district and most of them open to the public at absolutley no charge.

Union Station: Tacoma's former train station at 1717 Pacific Avenue was renovated to serve as the entrance to the Federal Courthouse, and its lobby rotunda is adorned with five large Chihuly installations. Entrance is free to the public, but because it's a federal building, you'll have to show ID at the door to get in. The pieces here change periodically, but the size of this space affected Chihily's work, spurring him to make big pieces to fill it and initiating his monumental-scales works.

Chihuly Bridge of Glass: Open to the public, this 400-foot pedestrian bridge is lined with one of the largest outdoor installations of Chihuly works. Here you'll find a ceiling covered with seaform creations, two, 30-foot-high Crystal Towers and a wall filled with his Venetian works. If you're a real fan, visit the bridge in the day and come back at night, when everything is lit, for a different perspective. You'll find the bridge just off Pacific Avenue behind Union Station.

Aren't they fabulous? Even though the weather was cold and dreary, it was definitley worth getting a bit cold in order to view this astounding artwork.


  1. I'M OBSESSED WITH DALE CHIHULY! I'm so jealous!!!! Those are AMAZING!!! I watched a documentary on him once... he is so fascinating.

  2. They are absolutley stunning up close! Thanks for dropping by my page today.

    Enjoy the rest of your week.

  3. I so love his work! This post is amazing! What a wonderful show! Thanks for sharing!


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