We are no strangers to the work of artist Dale Chihuly here in the Pacific Northwest as Benaroya Hall {home of the Seattle Symphony} and other public spaces prominently feature his large-scale glass creations.  But even if you think you’ve seen it all, the new Chihuly Garden & Glass exhibit at the Seattle Center is still worth a visit.  Not only is it a comprehensive selection of Chihuly’s work, but it allows you a rare glimpse into the artist’s creative process and influences.  Continue reading below for more, including details on dining at the new Collections Cafe.

Chihuly Garden & Glass

Chihuly Garden & Glass

It is strikingly evident that Chihuly never met a color he did not like.  The wildly creative combinations of shapes, textures, and colors is a visual feast that transports visitors to a vibrant and fantastical place.

Chihuly Garden & Glass

Chihuly chandeliers

I was drawn to the mock-up of the octopus sculpture, then seeing the actual work in completion gave me added appreciation.  Perhaps a little dark and sinister, but it was definitely my favorite piece.

Chihuly glass forest & sealife

“I love to find the beauty in everyday objects,” said Dale Chihuly.  The Collections Cafe perfectly exhibits Chihuly’s varied personal collections from miniature porcelain dogs and vintage radios to accordions and cameras, all brilliantly displayed, further immersing visitors in the artist’s playful world.

Collections Cafe

Collections Cafe

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