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.