During my first trip to England, my friend P and I went to the Victoria and Albert Museum. Hanging under the main lobby dome was this incredible hand blown glass sculpture. I really, really liked it (check out this great post from the V&A on the challenges of cleaning it).
A few years ago, Jeff and I went to Las Vegas. My cousin strongly recommended that we walk through the lobby of the Bellagio Hotel, just to see the ceiling. We did. And I really, really liked it.
On vacation in Florida last spring, Jeff and I went to the Fairchild Botanical Gardens. While walking through the beautiful grounds, we happened on two things that looked strangely familiar. Again, I really, really liked them.
Finally, when thinking about what to do with our large bird bath/pond, I keep thinking about these floating glass orbs and onions I saw nearly a decade ago, at the New York Botanical Gardens. I really, really liked them.
These are all the works of Seattle glass artist Dale Chihuly, who does some pretty big and incredible things with glass. As you can tell, I’ve become a fan. Three of Chihuly’s largest, permanent installations are in his hometown of Tacoma, Washington.
Chihuly Garden and Glass at the Seattle Centre
|The Sculpture Pacific Sun in the Glass House. Photo by Inside Bainbridge|
|Glass display in Exhibition Hall. Photo by Inside Bainbridge|
Chihuly Bridge of Glass at the Tacoma Museum of Glass
|Seaform Pavilion ceiling on the Chihuly Bridge of Glass Photo source|
|Poppy Window Photo source|
For a long time, Jeff and I have wanted to go to the Tacoma Museum of Flight. Adding on these three glass exhibits and a few of Seattle/Tacoma’s great restaurants, we could have the makings for a pretty fantastic weekend trip.