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Chihuly Bridge of Glass, Tacoma

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A partnership between the Museum of Glass, legendary Studio Glass pioneer Dale Chihuly and the city of Tacoma resulted in the Chihuly Bridge of Glass, a 500-foot-long pedestrian overpass links the Museum to downtown Tacoma and its cultural corridor. Austin-based Arthur Andersson, architect of the Washington State History Museum, designed the bridge in close collaboration with Chihuly, who directed the artistic concept. The bridge provides a means for the internationally-renowned Chihuly to contribute in a very public way to his hometown.

Three distinct installations comprise the Bridge of Glass. Furthest from the Museum is the Seaform Pavilion, a ceiling made of 2,364 objects from Chihuly's Seaform and Persian series. Placed on top of a fifty-by-twenty-foot plate-glass ceiling, the forms are suspended in midair and make dramatic use of natural light. As visitors walk under this pavilion, they experience a seemingly underwater world of glass shapes and forms a few feet above their heads.

Marking the center of the bridge are the Crystal Towers, which rise forty feet above the bridge deck and serve as beacons of light for the bridge and city. Illuminated from below, the forms glow at night. The 63 large crystals in each tower are made from Polyvitro, a polyurethane material developed to withstand the elements. The Crystal Tower elements are raw, brutal forms, monumental and bold, that appear as if cut from mountain peaks or taken from frozen alpine lakes.

At the approach to the Museum is the Venetian Wall, an eighty-foot installation displaying 109 sculptures from three of Chihuly's series: Venetians, Ikebana, and Putti. The Venetians are exuberant sculptures with origins in Venetian Art Deco glass. Ikebana are quiet pieces, created in the spirit of traditional Japanese floral arrangements. Putti were popular figures in European art of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries and represent Cupid, the Roman god of love. The Venetian Wall is a collection of some of the largest blown-glass works executed in the history of the medium.
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  • We parked in a $5 lot at the base of the bridge (at the Museum of Glass.). The bridge will blow your mind! Incredible how they can add that color to glass & bend it that way, & make it so large. 
    We parked in a $5 lot at the base of the bridge (at the Museum of Glass.). The bridge will blow your mind! Incredible how they can add that color to glass & bend it that way, & make it so large.  more »
  • A friend took us here. What a wonderful surprise and what a great gift to the people of Tacoma. We would be poorer if we'd have missed it. The ceilings are the most incredible. 
    A friend took us here. What a wonderful surprise and what a great gift to the people of Tacoma. We would be poorer if we'd have missed it. The ceilings are the most incredible.  more »
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  • Wow! What a gorgeous bridge. I'm so glad that my family stopped to check out the bridge after exploring the nearby glass museum. I would definitely love to re-visit this place, I'm guessing that it's even more beautiful during the daytime. Would recommend this destination to anyone visiting the Tacoma area!
  • Access to world-renowned art without a fee is always a good thing. Worth a walk across if you’re in the area to visit any of the museums or the waterfront. Would recommend.

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