Friday, September 19, 2014

Chihuly Art in Tacoma

Before heading home from our Seattle trip, Capt. N & I stopped in Tacoma to view glass art. While waiting for the Museum of Glass to open, we walked across the Chihuly Bridge of Glass to Union Station.

:: Chihuly Bridge of Glass ::
The pedestrian bridge was dedicated in 2002 & is an amazing gift to the city.
Two 40' crystal towers & Union Station

The Venetian Wall

The largest sculpture is an example of Chihuly's Ikebana style.

A sculpture in Chihuly's Venetian style

From Chihuly's Putti series

Looking up at the Seaform Pavilion, located near the end of the bridge.

The colorful ceiling is made up of sculptures from Chihuly's seaform and persian series.

View from the bridge

:: Union Passenger Station ::
Union Station opened in 1911 & was designed by the same duo that designed Grand Central Terminal in NYC. It no longer serves as a railway station & instead houses a Federal Courthouse, so be ready to show ID if you want to check out Chihuly's work inside. The building was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1974.

Hanging from the rotunda is a spectacular chandelier.

The chandelier hangs in the middle of the spacious room. Four large pieces of art surround it on the 2nd floor.

Basket Drawing Wall

Reeds, similar to ones we saw at Chihuly's Garden & Glass in Seattle

Monarch Window

Both the artwork & the way they were displayed were amazing on this short walk. I am just in awe of the creativity of some people. The Tacoma Art Museum. has a permanent exhibition of Chihuly's art, so the next time I'm in the Sea/Tac area I definitely need to check it out.

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