As glass and art enthusiasts, there are few more exciting things for us at Water Gallery than the beauty of Dale Chihuly's glass art. That's why, on a trip to Seattle, we jumped at the chance to visit the magnificent Chihuly Garden and Glass. We have never seen anything quite like it; the way Chihuly transforms glass into plant-like stems, flowery curlicues, glowing discs, towering trees, and seemingly extraterrestrial bulbs is nothing short of magical. The beauty of the colors alone is breathtaking! But the glass itself takes on a life of its own in a way that is unparalleled in the art world.
At the Chihuly Garden and Glass, Chihuly and his team have created this otherworldly "garden" of glass plants, trees, and flowers, interspersed amongst real grass, mulch, and plants. There were multiple instances while strolling through this oasis where we literally did a double-take, not even able to comprehend how these beautiful glass art pieces exist. The bottom line is that glass is extremely fragile and to push the limits the way Chihuly has with his exquisite pieces takes tremendous skill and patience.
Chihuly was initially drawn to glass as his artistic medium because he loved the way light passes through glass. He says, "There are only a few translucent materials light can go through and glass is one of them." We at Water Gallery could not agree more and that's way we chose glass and water as the perfect mediums through which to view our art. Just as Chihuly has aptly stated, the way light passes through glass creates an unusual and special beauty that few other mediums provide.
If you have the chance to visit Seattle, you cannot miss this mind-blowing exhibit. It is unforgettable and unlike anything else we've ever seen.