I recently returned from Seattle…
and while there took the tour to Chihuly Garden and Glass. Chihuly has created the exhibit and garden to overwhelm the viewer with light and color. Located at the foot of the Space Needle, take a tour with me around the gardens and note how the glass sculptures are sited. Some are shown in the galleries from different perspectives to see how from any angle, they make a statement within the garden. Also note how plant color is carefully selected for the art.
Last year, I showed you areas around the Space Needle and sights from the top of the Space Needle, but never got a chance to visit inside Chihuly Garden and Glass at Seattle Center. You would never guess that beautiful gardens surround and enhance the area. Last year, I was in Seattle in late January, so not much was in bloom. I did feature one of the gardens at Seattle Center, along with what I could photograph outside Chihuly Garden and Glass.
The glass is a feast for the senses. There are other Chihuly exhibits around the country, but none as special as this one. Dale Chihuly is from Tacoma, WA and this exhibit and garden is his project. I did not know that this is where he originated.
Last year, I only had my small Nikon P510 in Seattle and Maui, this year I took the D750. I only wish I could have taken a bag full of lenses since I visited many varied places around the Seattle area. These images would have been enhanced by a wide-angle lens, not to mention a night-time visit. But then the garden plants would not have been as noticeable.
One day, we went to Emerald Downs horse races. I will have images on that soon. All photos were taken with the 28-300mm zoom. Closed down to 28mm does give me a wider view, but the wide-angle lens would have been useful. I took that lens to Germany. Click the link for an image of spectacular European scenery taken by the 17-35mm lens. In Germany though, I used the P510 quite a bit, but did use the D750 for grand scenery shots.
As a designer myself, I was delighted to see the light and glass flow fluidly on floors, ceilings, and walls, everywhere one looked. Light bounced, sparkled, reflected, and fought with shadow. Indoor to outdoor exhibits are seamlessly connected.
The glasshouse is a beautiful structure holding a singular 100 foot piece of art, shown below from both inside and outside.
I took many photos of this magnificent indoor sculpture. The Glasshouse leads one into the gardens filled with plants and glass objects carefully juxtaposed. Four statement, monumental glass sculptures are sited in the gardens. Look through the galleries to be enchanted. Many things can be learned on using both light and ornament in the garden. Enjoy the eye-popping color…