See Dale Chihuly's radiant flowers and golden starfish, among other stunning glassworks, in a new installation at the Seattle Center.
Art lovers are streaming into Chihuly Garden and Glass, a new installation in the Seattle  Center that glows with the genius of Dale Chihuly, a native of Tacoma, Wash.
Over the years, Chihuly has pushed glassmaking to extremes of shape and scale. The Mille Fiori (Thousand Flower) room features radiant stalks that twist their way toward the ceiling. Nearby, golden starfish and purple urchins seem to drift in a blue kelp forest.
Puget Sound sunlight (if you’re lucky) adds beauty to a 100-foot vine of orange, yellow, and red blossoms that trail along the roof of a barn-size glasshouse.
In a garden outside, fuchsias and dogwoods mingle with surreal glass sculptures, including The Sun, an exuberant burst of red and yellow flames. There’s even a café decorated with vintage radios and accordions. (206) 753-4940, chihulygardenandglass.com .
Photography courtesy of Chihuly Garden and Glass
This article was first published in November 2012. Some facts may have aged gracelessly. Please call ahead to verify information.