Chihuly Garden and Glass

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The biggest problem was a busking duel between a wailing saxophonist and a caterwauling electric flutist. Those nightmarish sounds thankfully faded as we entered the Chihuly museum. The ticket price was twenty dollars which Etta, a lifelong glass artist, did not blink at. I was skeptical but the exhibit won me over. The scale of the glass on display surpassed all the Chihuly works I have seen, which is really saying something as many of those were grand towers of glass at casinos. Inside there are whole rooms filled with Chihuly works: the boats were particularly cool.

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Outside the gardens were even more impressive: the glass art benefits greatly from natural sunlight. Contrasted with plants, concrete, the Space Needle, and tourists the works really come to life. I thought it was particularly cool that Chihuly Garden has professional photographers who will take a quality free photo of you with the works. Unfortunately I lost the ticket with our photo on it: I felt like a failure. Later, at the hotel, I emailed the museum with the time of our visit but did not hear back while we were on our trip…

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However, when I got home to Chicago and was back at work at the restaurant I manage, Chihuly emailed me the photo! That is amazing and showed me that they care about their visitors’ experience. Definitely worth the price of admission!

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