1965, Chihuly enrolled in the first glass program in the country, at the University of Wisconsin - glass blowing in NW vs Murano island not the same but Chihuly is creating an artistic legacy
The Glass Blowing Community is equally divided Chihuly and everyone else Chihuly created a multimillion-dollar market for glass as fine art, built a mass-production company to sustain it. The video below is from Tacoma Glass Museum which does not have any of the Chihuly work on display even though he was born in Tacoma. There is a walkway and old train station in Tacoma that has some of his work displayed from different periods in his life. This is a day trip riding on train and/or bus so you get a transportation adventure along with great “hot shop” tour
Classic Iconic Americana
The Space Needle is the internationally recognized symbol of Seattle which was completed in December 1961. Seattle does not have antiquities such as the Sistine Chapel which opened 1483 but we do have our share of Americana built since 1950’s. This can be found at Seattle Center which is reached from downtown on the original Monorail. From the Space Needle you get a panoramic view of Seattle communities and is a great way to reconnoiter the city before you venture out of the downtown. The Fun Forest still has bumper cars and roller coasters which is insignificant when compared to mega complexes like 6 Flags but it is a great slice of Americana and you still win stuffed toys at the shooting gallery.
Seattle Center is home to EMP/Pop Culture Center and has a very exciting All Summer Long Exhibit. “Woman That Rock - Vision Passion Power”. Four semi-trucks worth of artifacts, over 70 Powerful women in music and a great experience for you and all.
Seattle Center is home to blown glass museum featuring local artist Dale Chihuly who is considered by many to be founding father of blown glass in the Northwest and possibly USA
Plan on making it a day long trip it is crowded on the weekends so plan accordingly.
Traveling is always an adventure and hopefully this information will help you in your adventure to Seattle.