September is lovely in Seattle, and when the sun is out, the full spectrum of the colors can be appreciated. It may not be as bright in winter, but if I had to live there through the rainy winters, the colors probably would give me some solace. Chihuly is a native of Tacoma and it is a wonder that he developed such color and technique in this climate. Chihuly studied glass blowing on the island of Murano, near Venice, Italy, one of the few places known for making exquisite glass. Glass blowing techniques go back to the Egyptians, and the Romans learned from them. Surprisingly, there are many other glass artists and craftsmen working today, but we really have to credit Dale Chihuly for bringing back artistry, craftsmanship and popular interest into the art of glass.
Radiant complementary colors abound.The Garden of Glass includes outdoor and indoor spaces.
Before leaving the building, flowers of glass hang from the ceiling. Light, color and reflection give a endless array of design.
The Chihuly Garden of Glass is permanent but the Virginia Museum exhibition will last until February 10th. Going along with its exhibition, the museum made and recently this video of Dale Chihuly in his studio. He obviously needs a host of workers in the Walla Walla Studio to make these magnificent organic visual wonders.