Chihuly Garden and Glass

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Having just recently moved to Seattle from New York City, I have been given the unique opportunity to start fresh in a new city, on a new coastline.

That being said, I decided to start tackling some of the amazing things that Seattle has to offer its inhabitants, starting with Chihuly Garden and Glass near Seattle Center.

I decided to go to Chihuly based on a co-worker’s suggestion, and having little to no knowledge of glass blowing or Chihuly himself, I had zero expectations.

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Fortunately, I was pleasantly surprised and quite frankly, blown away.  The intense color and amazing shape of each piece of glass was incredible.

My favorite part of the Chihuly exhibit would have to be The Glasshouse, which is essentially a huge open space encased in glass and steel.  The best part about The Glasshouse is that there are no walls, only windows, giving you an unobstructed view of the Chihuly gardens and the Space Needle (which is located right next door).

The Glasshouse also contains one of the collection’s largest installations.  Suspended from the ceiling, the sculpture is made up of individual red, orange, and yellow pieces--lightly resembling a field of poppy flowers.

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I had never heard of Dale Chihuly before, and after seeing his work, I was amazed at how I lived so long without having seen his collection.

Each piece was so creatively put together and colorful, that it really made you stop to think about the care and time he had put into designing his work.

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Glass will never look the same to me again.

If you haven’t had the chance to go experience Chihuly, I highly recommend it.

I also recommend going around dusk, and making your way to The Glasshouse and Garden to watch the sun set. It is definitely a beautiful sight to see the colors of the sunset play off the glass sculptures in the garden.

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The tickets may be a bit pricey (Adults: $19, King County Special: $15, Kids: $12), but it is definitely worth the money, and I am happy to have started my Seattle exploration at Chihuly.

-Aryn Higgins, TWIF blogger