Monday, August 06, 2007

Tourists in Tacoma part 1.5: The Bridge and the Ho, cont.t Spot

Ok, I am guessing that my sidebar vanished this time because I had too many photos in one post. So we will test that theory by creating a part 1.5. If they post out of ourder, forgive me, and just roll with it, ok?

SO here we are again, on the Bridge of Glass.

And me, in my sun hat in front of a giant flower. I could have stood here and taken pictures or drawn every single one of these amazing pieces. This kind of art stirs and feeds my soul.

Ok, in another section of the walking bridge, this is what you see if you look up! Oh my goodness gracious! Talk about sensory overload! Is this not just beautifully amazing!

This amazing building called "The Hot Spot" and is part of the Tacoma Museum of Glass. The Hot Spot is where the artists work the glass. Dale Chihuly started this place, and it is amazing! You can click to make any of these pictures bigger- that is my family at the bottom of this picture.

This is the inside of the Hot Spot, looking up to the ceiling. This is an ingenious design, allowing it to stay relatively cool inside.
This is the only half-way decent photo I got of the artist working. My old camera just couldn't get a good shot at all in here, but you can see the furnaces and get an idea of the space. There are seats around the perimeter so the visitors can watch the glass-blowers work. There is a balcony above and all around so you can watch from above, and there is a large video screen as well so if you are farther away, you can watch on it. We spent hours here, watching a visiting artist from New York supervising the glass team as they were making paper wasps nests our of glass. It was an itricate process- 2 hours from start to finish. The whole family was mesmerized- other visitors came and went, but we watched from start to finish- amazing!

In this photo, the man on the far left in the striped shirt is Marc Swanson, the visiting artist I mentioned above. Here is a link to a blog where you can read about his art and his week here at the MOG.
In the museum there is also a studio, where kids and grownups can play and get their creative juices flowing. Papa and I worked together to make a kalidascope, while the kids designed funky pictures. If their picture is chosen, the glass team with make it and display it in the museum.

The galleries were wonderful, but didn't allow photography, so no pictures for you. But it was wonderful. There is also a movie theatre, where we watched three features, including a cartoon movie about the history of glass. Dumbed down, but cute.

Stay tuned for part 2!


Nan said...

Okay woman!! That blown glass picture... did you take it?! That would be a stinkin' awesome blog header background!!

Would you mind if I borrow it to play with?

Needleroozer said...

I did, and I love it. I was thinkin gthe same thing, but wondered if it was appropriate, as the "new, improved" blog will be focused on my art, and I have never done glass stuff ever.
But if you want to play around with it, go for it. I do have some ideas, just crazy busy today.
Check your email, I am sending you my phone number- maybe we can chat while I cook supper?