Duck Diaries: Volume V – Chihuly Garden and Glass

January 5, 2018
Duck Diaries: Volume V – Chihuly Garden and Glass

Tour Guides at Ride the Ducks are incredible at their jobs not only because they’re passionate about entertaining all of you, but they truly love the city of Seattle—really, they just can’t get enough! Our Guides are always exploring and constantly on the look-out for new and exciting tidbits to share on their tours. In this enlightening blog series we call Duck Diaries, prepare to follow our Wacky Tour Guide’s adventures and experiences around Seattle—plus get some tips written by none other than the pros themselves!


Meet Captain Braveliver—quacking with us since 2013! He recently visited the incredible Chihuly Garden and Glass, which is just a stone’s throw away from Ride the Ducks of Seattle! We don’t actually recommend throwing a stone at a glass art exhibit, though… Anyways, read about his experience below!


Chihuly Garden and Glass


I’ve been to the stunning exhibit that is Dale Chihuly’s Garden and Glass three times. The first was right after they opened in 2012—everyone was oohing and aahing, asking each other “Isn’t that incredible?” It really was!

The second time was when my family visited to celebrate our parent’s 50th Anniversary. I treated them + a duckload of friends to a party on a Duck out on beautiful Lake Union. It was my brother-in-law’s first time in Seattle so he got the full tour! For everything we did—all the tourist spots and sightseeing—he still talks about two things: the incredible mountains all around us in Seattle and Chihuly’s Garden and Glass.

My most recent visit was last month and I was lucky to be accompanied by Alice, the Executive Director of Pilchuck Glass School from 1980-1990. The School was founded by Dale Chihuly himself! She knows everything there is to know about Seattle glass work so as we walked through Alice told me about some of the pieces and how they were made. Talk about a great Tour Guide! Alice is 90 years old and still serves on the board of several art groups. She’s the reason Pioneer Square is a historic district, why we have a “1% for art” program and why there are no billboards along the highways in Washington State! Alice is pictured below at the Allied Arts annual meeting in 1979.

Photo by Roger Schreiber, University of Washington Libraries, Special Collections.
I followed Alice through the various exhibits. We lingered in each exhibition room, but I had a hard time leaving the Sea Life room. The glass crabs, eels and octopuses were incredible! Don’t let anyone push you along—if you’re mesmerized by the huge center sculpture, then take a seat and enjoy it! Since glass work is three dimensional, be sure to get up close (but don’t touch) in order to look at it from all angles.

The Persian Ceiling, the Millefiori, the Macchia Forest…each exhibit bursts with color and thoughtful craftsmanship. I knew our tickets were good for all day, so we went to the 5 Point Café for a meal and returned to see the garden afterwards. Everything about the garden is spectacular—the pieces, the placements, the overall presentation and even the hummingbirds. It’s just beautiful. Photos hardly do the place justice, so go see for yourself!


Captain Braveliver

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1 Comment

  1. Great article. Thank you.

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