Garden of Glass

Dale Chihuly.

Born in 1941 in Tacoma, WA, Dale was first introduced to to glass while studying for his undergrad at the University of Washington. After his graduation in ’65, he enrolled in the very first glass program in the country at the University of Wisconsin. Later, he continued to his studies at Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) where he established the glass program and taught there for many years.

His body of work includes more than 200 museum collections worldwide from Jerusalem to London to Chicago to San Francisco to right here in beautiful downtown Seattle. 

His Garden & Glass Exhibit has been a Seattle favorite since mid 2012, and I can honestly tell you it is a “Do Not Miss!” in my opinion.

I was absolutely astounded and in awe at his work.

I walked through the entire exhibit silently, snapping pictures as I went, but also making sure that my eyes had time to take it all in as well. 

Sometimes I think we miss some of life’s profounder moments because we are too busy looking through a viewfinder or watching it through an iPhone.

None of my photos can possibly do these larger-than-life sculptured justice. 

Their play with color and light was nothing short of spectacular!

The photo above is endless ceiling panels. 

It was like walking directly through a rainbow. The colors would dance across your face and clothing and reflected on the concrete floor. 

Above is Dale’s interpretation of the Ocean Floor. Glass anemones and clam shells and sea grasses, and shells dot the sea floor and play with our imaginations.

He also did a series of glass chandeliers, and even ones you can purchase for your home!

Not sure this would fit anywhere in my little town-home. But, it’s fun to dream!

And my favorite part of the exhibit, the Glass House… 

A high-ceiling, glass “Hot House” where larger-than-life flowers bloom and tower overhead. A wonderful exercise for the imagination, and a room I could have sat in for hours.

I left inspired and once again in awe of the gifts the Giver gives, and He definitely gave Dale Chihuly a double-dose!

I hope this post and Dale’s incredible work inspires you to embrace your God-given gifts and talents and find a way to use them for His glory!



2 thoughts on “Garden of Glass

    1. Jamie Post author

      Maggie, it was amazing! Didn’t think I would appreciate it as much as I did, but I left feeling so inspired and in total awe of the creative genius! Definitely a must-see if ever in Seattle. An amazing city!


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