I knew this was going to be a great day.
The kind that people who live in Seattle never talk about. The skies were blue and the sun was shining. l almost skipped to the Chihuly Garden and Glass exhibition that’s located at the base of the Space Needle.
This was a day that I had looked forward to since the exhibition opened a year ago. Stained glass has always been one of my passions and I have dabbled in it for years. Dale Chihuly pushes the envelope with his dreamlike pieces. You want to stare at them for hours and that’s what I did.
The centerpiece is the Glasshouse. A 40-foot tall, glass and steel structure covering 4,500 square feet of light-filled space, the Glasshouse is the result of Chihuly’s lifelong appreciation for conservatories. The design draws inspiration from two of his favorite buildings: Sainte-Chapelle in Paris and the Crystal Palace in London.
The installation is an expansive 100-foot long sculpture in a color palette of reds, oranges, yellows and amber. Made of many individual elements, it is one of Chihuly’s largest suspended sculptures. The perception of the artwork varies greatly with natural light and as the day fades into night. It is inspiring and captivating.
So after going through the exhibition(45,000-square feet of colorful bliss) twice to take it all in, I entered the Glasshouse and there he was: Dale Chihuly. It was my lucky day. He was talking about how he did the installation. I met him and we talked for a few minutes. He was gracious and had his photographer take a photo of us. He made my day in Seattle.