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We were always excited when we had a high enough vantage point (and clear skies) in Seattle to get a glimpse of Mt. Rainier.  Heading south to Tacoma we cruised around the point and got a fantastic view of the mountain, with the cranes of Tacoma's working waterfront in the foreground.  Notice the lens-shaped cloud sitting on the mountain top - it's a lenticular cloud, and is common around the tall mountains here.

mt. rainier

Friends recommende the marina in front of the Museum of Glass in downtown Tacoma, near the Bridge of Glass leading to the Art Museum and Washington State History Museum, as well as some shops and good restaurants - very convenient!  Tacoma wasn't as impressive as Seattle overall, but since it's the home of the famous glass artist Dale Chihuly, it seems to be the center of the universe for art glass.  The Museum of Glass is an interesting building, with a huge cone where the glass furnaces and "hot shop" are located and a glass sculpture in the reflecting pool out front.


The weekend we were there, the museum was hosting a special Chihuly project in the hot shop - we had to check that out.  Chihuly himself doesn't work with glass anymore; he has a team of craftspeople and artists who do all the work, inspired by Dale's paintings and ideas.  Just watching the artists working with the molten glass was so interesting - art with an element of danger!  There are many chances for ugly things to happen with so many people working in concert.

chihuly workers

The rest of the Museum of Glass was fabulous - the variety of techniques and styles, colors and shapes from so many different artists - it boggles the mind.  It was our favorite museum of all that we've seen. 

Chihuly is originally from Tacoma, and he has donated quite a lot of his glass works to the city - a collection of fanciful vases for the wall on the Brige of Glass...

glass bridge 1

...and the "sea forms" shapes for the overhead part of the bridge.

sea forms bridge

The Art Museum had a room full of other-worldly Chihuly pieces, and the lobby of the old train station, now the Federal Court House, had these great discs in the window.

court house chihuly

We explored the town on foot a bit, but there wasn't as much else to see.  We were content with all the art concentrated nearby, especially since we had a  few colder, raw days.  The marinas are pretty quiet this time of the year, but that makes it easier to go to popular places and enjoy things without crowds.

1 Comment(s):
Peggy said...
The museum looks phenomenal! I never thought about it before, but art glas is about shape, color AND LIGHT! Spectacular!
November 17, 2013 12:52 PM
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