Seattle : Chihuly Garden and Glass

Hm.. so the last time I went to Seattle, I found out that the Center of Wooden Boat has FREE sailings on Sunday but I couldn’t go because I had Mariner’s tickets so I thought I would go this time. 

However, there were so many people that we decided to skip it and went to the Chihuly Garden and Glass Museum instead.  Not a good start to day 2 … 

CHIHULY GARDEN AND GLASS
CHIHULY GARDEN AND GLASS

Start of the day : check out and line up to sign up, only to give up.

Center of Wooden Boat
Center of Wooden Boat – the incredible line up
view from Center of Wooden Boats
view from Center of Wooden Boats
Center of Wooden Boat
Center of Wooden Boat
Center of Wooden Boat
Center of Wooden Boat

The line up was just to sign up for sailing times and doesn’t guarantee that there is even spot on the day of.  In the end, we ended up going for brunch, which was a pricey affair.  We went to a Mexican restaurant because it served MIGAS, and Miga must have migas.  It was a chain restaurant called Cactus and we went to the one near Lake Union ( 350 Terry Ave N, Seattle)

Mexican brunch - Migas
Mexican brunch – Migas

It’s a miga – scrambled eggs, corn tortilla, diced onions, sliced chile peppers, diced fresh tomatoes, and cheese.

the other breakfast
the other breakfast

It was a $30 breakfast between the two of us and it totally went over our budget.

A quick walk and we were at the Seattle Center, which was created for the 1962 World Fair.  It includes the Seattle Space Needle, Pacific Science Center, Experience Music Project, amongs other Seattle attractions.  There is a combo where Space Needle + Chihuly Garden and Glass starts at $33 (online ticket).  The earlier you go, the cheaper it is.

Seattle Space Center
Seattle Space Center

I think it is quite a deal to buy the combo but we didn’t plan to go to the Space Needle …

The Chihuly Glass is an exhibition of local glass maker, Dale Chihuly’s work.

the ticket
the ticket

Entering the exhibition, the place was a bit dark but it was specifically lit to bring out the best of the glass work.

Walking in
Walking in

The first exhibition room features the Navajo Blanket and basket Series, which was done in 1975.   The glass work was inspired by the Native American patterns.

Navajo Blanket Series
Navajo Blanket Series
Navajo Blanket Series
Navajo Blanket Series
Navajo Blanket Series
Navajo Blanket Series
Navajo Blanket Series
Navajo Blanket Series

The next room features glass structures based on sea forms.

seaform series
seaform series
seaform
sea-foam

The next room was all ceiling art work.

Macchia Series?
Macchia Series?

Possibly part of his Ikebana series, it features glass garden / flower arrangement.  It was also said to be inspired by his mother, who had a gorgeous garden in the backyard.  I think I spent the most time in this galley out of all other galleries.

Garden
Garden
Garden
Garden
Garden
Garden
Garden
Garden
Garden
Garden

Following the garden series was the Niijima Floats.  It was inspired by Japanese fishing boats.  There are even mirrors on the bottom for its full reflection and view.

Niijima Floats
Niijima Floats

The Chandeliers in this exhibition was once hang in the city in Vienna~~~

Chandeliers!
Chandeliers!
Chandeliers
Chandeliers

He also had some 2-D artworks in the exhibition.

2-d artwork
2-d artwork

Another room consists of glass work that resembles seashells.  It uses two different colors on the inside and outside.

seashells?
seashells?

I think the one I like the most is the 100-foot long suspended sculpture in the glass house.  There is an angle where one can also take a photo of the space needle.

Ceiling!
Ceiling!
Glass house
Glass house
Space needle
Space needle

Even the hallways have glass work.

mini glass flower pots
mini glass flower pots

There is also a garden within the premise that is installed with glass sculptures almost everywhere!

The garden
The garden
garden
garden
garden
garden
garden
garden
garden
garden
garden
garden
garden
garden
garden
garden
garden
garden
garden
garden

In addition to the glass house and galler, there is a cafe and a theater that documents Dale Chihuly’s work.

last look
last look

Outside of its premise also stands a few glass works.

man eating glass flower
man-eating glass flower

At the Seattle Center, there is also a park and there seems to be some festivities that Sunday.

festivities at the park
festivities at the park

There is a food court area inside the Seattle Center Armory, which used to be an Armory.

Seattle Center Armory
Seattle Center Armory
had latte
had latte

Time to go back to the central district~~  There is a monorail that connects the Seattle Center to Seattle downtown and it is only $2.25 one way.  It’s not a bad price considering how long it would take one to walk down there …

Monorail Ticket
Monorail Ticket
monorail tracks
monorail tracks
the monorail
the monorail

The ride might not have taken more than 5 minutes but that means more time for us to eat.  We went to the Cheesecake Factory for our final meal in Seattle.

appie
the appie
Cheesecake to go
Cheesecake to go

We took the Quick Shuttle from outside the Washington Convention Center.

Vancouver Convention Center
Vancouver Convention Center

Back in Canada~~

Watching the sunset back in Canada
Watching the sunset back in Canada

Mini Trip is over ~~~~

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