Chihuly’s Emerald City Glass Exhibit: Garden Space

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One of the most popular hobbies here is gardening. Many people spend their free time planting, plucking and pruning. And when they aren’t digging in the dirt, they’re often strolling past neighbors’ homes or through public gardens. Like most artists, they’re always looking for inspiration.

There’s a garden on the grounds of the Seattle Center that takes plants and artistry to another level. Glass master, Dale Chihuly, has created fantastical arrangements of his unique handblown pieces placed in, among and suspended above real flowers, bushes and trees. Many of the pieces arch gracefully while some like this neon green specimen shoot straight up towards the sun.

Otherworldly is the best way to describe the Chihuly Garden and Glass exhibit. Some of the displays appear to be gardens on the bottom of the sea. Others seem as if they’re from outer space, especially when illuminated at night. How appropriate that this fragile garden sits next to Seattle’s most iconic landmark, the Space Needle.

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