Chihuly Bridge of Glass and Union Station

Wow, who knew??   Yesterday we went to the Washington State History Museum in Tacoma, but I’ll save that museum for another post.  Because right next door were beautiful works of Chihuly glass and I’d like to share that with you first.

The pedestrian Bridge of Glass connects the State History Museum and Union Station to the Museum of Glass, and is decorated with artworks by Tacoma native and internationally renowned artist, Dale Chihuly.

The striking Crystal Towers – actually made of plastics – dominate the bridge but there are plenty of other artworks to be seen from the walkway, including the Seafoam Pavilion overhead,

and the Venetian Wall, displaying 109 Chihuly sculptures.

All are free to the public.   (The Museum of Glass, where you can witness live glassmaking and even make your own glass is not.)

I decided to head next to historic Union Station – opened in 1911 and now a federal courthouse – for a look inside,

and was surprised to find more Chihuly glass including a magnificent chandelier hanging from the dome.

I trust it was safely secured and took this picture from underneath, looking straight up.

And in case you didn’t know there’s another Chihuly Museum, in Seattle near the base of the Space Needle Chihuly Garden and Glass.   I intend to visit that one sometime this year; the same time as I go up in the newly remodeled Space Needle, yes the one with the glass floor.  When I do, I have no doubt you’ll hear all about it.

~ Susanne

17 Comments on “Chihuly Bridge of Glass and Union Station

    • Thank you. I’m so glad you enjoyed it! It was rather a surprise to me to find all that wonderful glass art to be enjoyed free of charge! 🙂

  1. Very interesting, Susanne. The glass is undoubtedly impressive, but sadly not to my taste. The big chandelier reminded me of the twisty balloons that kids get at parties. 🙂
    Best wishes, Pete.

  2. Thanks for sharing. I love Chihuly and have visited the museum in Seattle a few years ago. I really enjoyed all the colorful glass art. :).

    • Thanks so much for your comment! 🙂 I’ve been to the History Museum many times but somehow I missed all the beautiful Chihuly glass art right next door!

  3. I love the photos, but I never took to his work. I am not sure why not since I know it is very popular with many of my friends.

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