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Part of ceiling on Glass Bridge by Dale Chihuly
To celebrate my birthday, my best friend took me up to Tacoma on Friday for an “artist’s date,” a concept introduced by Julia Cameron in her best-seller, The Artist’s Way.
An artist’s date is when you take time out from your ordinary life and usual artistic pursuits to do expose yourself to or participate in some other creative endeavor for the sheer pleasure of it.
An artist’s date can be as simple as dumping your button collection onto a table and playing with them. If you’re a writer, you could go into the yard and attempt to sketch a flower. If you’re an artist you could immerse yourself in a book of poetry.
Or it could be a real museum outing, as Judi and I did Friday.
Tacoma is a two hour drive from here. To get to the Museum from the parking lot, you cross over the highway on the magical Bridge of Glass, designed by the wildly creative glass artist Dale Chihuly.
On one side of the enclosed mid-section is a wall of crazy “vases”. The roof looks like someone dumped the three-dimensional phantasmagorical contents of a dozen super-sized kaleidoscopes onto a glass plate above you.
The glass pieces vary in size from balls about 4″ in diameter to trumpet shapes 3′ long and scalloped “flowers” 2′-4′ across. The shimmering backlit shapes of brilliant colors can only be called ecstatic art. I could have permanently cricked my neck taking it all in.
Here is some more:
Chihuly ceiling closer view
Here’s a portion of the side wall:
A family in front of the wall of Chihuly "vases"
Looking up at one of the two glass spires on first part of the Bridge. The chunks are BIG, like 2-3′ across:
Here’s a Chihuly chandelier:
The museum has much more than Chihuly, including a huge glass-blowing shop, where you can watch art glass being blown. There’s a terrific exhibit about describing glass art, beyond “I like it; I don’t like it” but you can’t take photos inside. (This exhibit closes in November; worth the trip if you live close enough.)
This is a museum for kids of all ages, and it’s in a part of town with two other fine museums, the handsome U. Washington Tacoma campus, the refurbished train station (now courthouse) with an enormous arched window with orange Chihuly “poppies” floating across it.
Closeup of Chihuly poppy window
Can you tell I LOVED this place???
And PS – we ate lunch in the museum cafe: YUMMMMMMY.