Chihuly Garden and Glass

A comprehensive presentation of Dale Chihuly’s artwork is scheduled to open in the spring of 2012, and will feature works from many of Chihuly’s most popular series and architectural installations, highlighting the wide breadth and scope of Chihuly’s celebrated career.

“This is a dream coming true for me, personally,” said artist Dale Chihuly during the recent groundbreaking ceremony. “For many years, I have wanted to display all the elements of my work in one space and to have it right here in my hometown could not be more gratifying. I look forward to opening the doors to everyone next year.” Photo courtesy of Rod Mar Photography.

Key features of the exhibition will include:

  • A 12,208 square-foot indoor pavilion with gallery spaces that will feature important works such as: a Neon and Glass Forest, a Northwest Room, a Sealife Tower, a Persian Ceiling, a Mille Fiori Platform, a Boat, a Chandelier Room and a Macchia Forest.
  • The interior pavilion will also include a publicly accessible café with an outdoor patio and seating area, a retail/bookstore space, a 50-seat theater/lecture hall and a lobby/ticketing area.
  • A 43-foot tall Glass House encompassing 4,500 square feet, will feature five large Chandeliers composed of red and yellow Persians designed by Chihuly to intermix and appear as one expansive installation.
  • An outdoor garden space that will be approximately 16,000 square feet, and another 4,500 square feet for the outdoor plaza between the Glass House and the indoor pavilion
  • The outdoor garden will feature artwork including: seven walkway Chandeliers which will run along the edge of the Pavilion, a 16’ diameter Sun, a green and yellow Icicle Tower, red, blue and neodymium Reeds, a Pink Crystal Tower, Ikebana, Cattails, Fiddleheads, Herons, Floats, Seal Pups and Belugas.

Ninety-nine exhibitions in seven countries have presented Chihuly artworks during the last decade, which have been enjoyed by more than 10 million visitors. The Chihuly Garden and Glass exhibition will bring this transformative and inspirational experience to Seattle residents and visitors. Here we see an artist's rendering of the Chihuly Garden and Glass exhibit at Seattle Center.

The Chihuly Garden and Glass exhibition is privately funded by Center Art LLC, a company of the owners of the Space Needle, with absolutely no cost to the city of Seattle or the public. The project will not compete for support with donor bases of local arts organizations. The project has also partnered with several local non-profit organizations including Pratt Fine Arts Center, Pilchuck Glass School, and ArtsFund, as well as the Seattle Public Schools. One of the project’s primary goals is to further arts education and arts engagement for youth and adults within the Seattle and Northwest community.

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