New Chihuly glass exhibit one month from opening



Posted on April 17, 2012 at 6:08 PM

Updated Thursday, Apr 19 at 7:57 AM

SEATTLE - It promises to be one of the most spectacular art displays Seattle has ever seen. The biggest Dale Chihuly glass exhibit yet is just a month away from opening.

Workers are rushing to get the final pieces into place. "Garden and Glass" opens May 21 at the Seattle Center.

The 12,000-square-foot gallery includes a café housing Chihuly's own quirky collections of accordions and vintage radios.
Outdoor works include the "Icicle Tower" and "Sun," along with plants and trees that create a luminous living landscape that will grow on the grounds of the old Fun Forest.

"This is going to change, not just by day and night, but over the next 15-20 years," said Executive Director Michelle Bufano.

Chihuly's largest work ever is 100 feet long and 25 feet tall. Each piece is tagged and carefully assembled by his crew - kind of like a giant, glass paint-by-number set.

Each is cleaned with the loving care of a baby's bottom.

“We use glass cleaner and diapers,” said Bufano. “Clean cloth cotton diapers.”

As for security, unlike Chihuly's outdoor art in Tacoma, there will be no bulletproof glass buffers, just artsy fences and security guards.

Admission is $19 for adults, and $12 for kids ages 4 to12. There will be discounted prices for King County residents.