I had a conference to attend in Seattle last week, and since my daughters were able to come along this time, we made a bit of a vacation out of the trip.
A view of Puget Sound from our hotel room. LOTS of construction throughout Seattle! Hence the cranes.
No 13th floor in our hotel.
I don’t know why I love reflections so much, but I do. Here is a cool “windowscape” I shot from our hotel room.
And another, same building, but later in the day.
And sunset reflected in the glass of a building.
And a few minutes later . . .
And a few minutes after that . . .
Until finally . . .
Of course, no trip to Seattle is complete without a monorail ride to the Space Needle. Both monorail and Space Needle were constructed for the 1962 Seattle World’s Fair.
The Space Needle is located in the Seattle Center, a 74-acre park that served as the grounds for the World’s Fair. Once we arrived there, we decided to forego a trip up inside the Space Needle in favor of two other things we decided were higher priorities.
First, my younger daughter had her “portrait” drawn by a really great caricature artist named Max (“like Mad Max”). We waited a long time in line, but it was worth it. The caricature is my daughter’s favorite souvenir of our trip, and she kept it closely by her side throughout the journey back home, awkwardly carrying it (framed in a matte about 18″ x 24″) through the airports, while also dealing with her bags, and stowing it on the plane in the narrow space between her window seat and the cabin wall.
What an incredible experience!
Inside, the museum was a fairyland of glass and color and light and darkness.
You probably noticed the reflections in the pictures above. Chihuly is famous for hanging his glass chandeliers above water. For a wonderful intro to his work if you’re not familiar with Chihuly, see Chihuly Over Venice, a 90-minute documentary about his 1996 installation of chandelier sculptures over the canals of Venice (you can view a sample/trailer here, at Chihuly’s website). Once you see the glass reflected in the dark water, you’ll understand as I did why his work in museums always seems to be placed above a polished, black reflective surface. The mirror image is as important to the viewer’s experience as the sculpture itself.
The photo below is a panorama I shot of two canoes laden with glass bounty—seemingly gliding through still waters at night.
Sometimes the larger sculptures are impressive but kind of meh from a distance—revealing their intricate beauty only upon closer examination of the details.
Outside the museum was a garden to rival Monét’s home in Giverny—except with lots and lots of glass.
With a couple of very tall, sculptural-glass “plants.”
One of which rivals—but will never match 🙂 —the height of the Space Needle.
Dale Chihuly was born in Tacoma and is now based in the Seattle area, so maybe it’s no surprise that the bath in our hotel room was graced with this photograph bearing Chihuly’s handwritten caption: “Cobalt Blue & Green Chandelier over Black Rock, Nuutajävi Finland Part I, June 1995.”
All in all, a very good trip (sigh of contentment).
So now we’re back. And I have all my usual post-conference stuff to do (not to mention a mountain of laundry 🙂 ). But I wanted to get this post up before jumping back into Milwaukee life.