Saturday, November 8, 2008

Glass Art

Recently a very nice friend invited me to go to the Museum of Glass in Tacoma. We had not been there before. It was so much fun. Sami missed basketball practice to go with us. Would you believe she told us she'd rather be there at the museum instead of at practice? I nearly fainted! For those of you who know Sami you know basketball is her favorite thing in this world. If you haven't been there I recommend you go. Here are some pictures......Angela I hope you don't mind that I posted a picture of the Wes Man! He enjoyed all the different colors around the gallery.





Angela you are so much fun!



The Wes Man! I love his beautiful blue eyes!





Every few weeks the museum has special artists come and work in the "Hot Shop". On the day we went to the museum the artist Birtil Vallien from Sweden was visiting. Birtil Vallien has been the worlds leading glass art artist since the 1960's and also the first artist to apply sandcasting to glass. He is known for his glass boats that are displayed in many museums in the U.S. Japan and Europe.
















We watched as they poured the melted glass into a mold that would later become one of his famous Janus Head Sculptures. I could have sat in there all day and not gotten bored!







This is the inside of the Hot Shop. I love the architecture.




This is the Chihuly Bridge of Glass. It's connected to the museum. It is a 500 ft. long pedestrian bridge that links the museum to downtown Tacoma. The artist Chihuly headed the design and construction of the bridge. It holds many glass sculptures he has created. It was the coolest thing I have ever seen! Sami's eyes got so big when she saw the sculptures! The one she is looking at in this picture was one of her favorite.













I like these sculptures because they look like giant rocks!

The person standing in the middle of them isn't so bad either!










The glass is so beautiful.























6 comments:

Jessica said...

What a fun little trip. We went a couple of years ago but I don't have cute pictures like you to prove it.

Anonymous said...

Awesome, thank you! I will have to go sometime!
-Shelley

angelalois said...

Heidi! Your pictures are FABULOUS! I totally don't mind you posted one of "mommy's little monster." what a cool museum. AWESOME post! If we've inspired just one person to get out there and see what Puget Sound has to offer, we've done good!

Whimsy said...

I love that museum. It's been far too long since I've been back - and we just went to Tacoma this week, but didn't stay downtown (I was disappointed)... I need to get back there!


... annnnnd You've been tagged. Visit my blog and you'll get all the details.

BeccaJane said...

I know, it's been fun "blog-talking" to you too!! It's really the only way I keep in touch with a lot of people anymore!
Maybe I'll have to get your recipe! Mine turned out really good, but I'm always up for a new recipe to try!

wandering nana said...

Heidi,

Thank you for the sweet comment on my blog about Sallee. I thought you had big dogs and was going to talk to you about giving you food, etc. but sounds like you're dogs are a little smaller than mine was. I hate that word, was. Thanks again for the comforting words.
Linda