A Little Summer in Seattle

Space Needle It’s summertime in Houston and as much as I enjoy the sunshine, the heat makes me dream of cooler places. Over the 4th of July week I made my way to Seattle to enjoy the sights, food and cooler weather. The best part for me about traveling to new places is enjoying the visual impact of new surroundings (better known as “taking in the sights and sounds”).

Chihuly Garden and Glass
Chihuly Garden and Glass

Entrance to EMP

Experience Music Project

Seattle is lovely.

It didn’t rain so we got to enjoy Seattle in all its glory. One of my favorite stops was Chihuly Garden and Glass. Dale Chihuly is world famous for crafting beautiful hand blow glass objects and then arranging them in stunning visual sculptures.

I was familiar with Chihuly glass. I have seen it in Las Vegas in the entrance of the Bellagio Hotel. Vibrant, colored floral shapes cover the ceiling of the registration area to resemble a flowered sky. Many high end art galleries feature small pieces of his work as well. It was the placement of the blow glass sculptures in an actual garden in Seattle that really fascinated me. The sunlight showed them to their best advantage. The colors are fabulous. The shapes are so organic that a garden seems like its natural setting.

Pure rock and roll fun was found at the Experience Music Project (EMP) designed by Frank O. Gehry. I loved the tornado of musical instruments but the most fun was playing in front of a white screen. I posted the video on our facebook page, check it out if you want a good laugh! It was me and all the 10 year olds waiting in line.

Take a glimpse of some of the things we saw on our trip.

Oh, by the way, those mosquitoes on the roof of the building are about 30 feet across. Someone has a sense of humor.

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Janie's Signature

Janie Ellis, RID, ASID-IP, CF,
Master Artisan