Easy Day Trips from Seattle: Checking Out Chihuly Glass in Tacoma
Seattle, home of the Space Needle, Starbucks, and so much more, is worth a trip to the Pacific Northwest alone – but not exploring further what Washington State has to offer while you’re there would be a shame. This week, we’ll look at a few options for a one-day or multi-day trip from the city.
Part 1: Tacoma and the Chichuly glass sculptures
Just a forty minute drive from Seattle is Tacoma, the birthplace of Dale Patrick Chihuly, the famous glass sculptor. Not only will you find the Museum of Glass here, connecting it to downtown Tacoma is the Chihuly Bridge of Glass, a piece of public infrastructure and a piece of art all at the same time.
There are three installations in total. First is the Seaform Pavilion, a ceiling consisting of no less than 2,364 individual pieces of glass work, radiating with colors overhead.
In the middle of the bridge are the Crystal Towers, forty feet tall and each made of 63 crystals (you can see the cone-shaped roof of the Museum of Glass behind in the picture).
Last before you get to the Museum is the Venetian Wall, with 109 sculptures in individual display cases. They are from three Chihuly series: Venetians, with origins in Venetian Art Deco glass, Ikebana, the Japanese art of flower arranging, and Putti, figures representing Cupid, the Roman god of love.
The best of course is that all this is free, but if you want to see more, $12 gets you into the Museum of Glass.
Next up, we’ll continue heading out west into stunning Olympic National Park.