A recent business related trip took me to Tacoma, WA. The last time I visited was during early fall of 2005, and what I remembered best was the Glass Museum, Glass Bridge and the large display of Chihuly glass vessels leading to and from the Glass Museum.
I was surprised and very pleased to discover that my hotel room overlooked the road leading to the Glass Museum. Instead of resting after a long travel day I opted to take a walk and take in the architecture and sights below.
I passed the Art Museum. With less than an hour before I was scheduled to meet my group I headed toward the connecting path leading to the Glass Bridge.
Close to the Art Museum I soon passed the the impressive Union Station Building. It is home to the courthouse these days. The entry boasts a special collection of Chihuly glass, but with strict safety checks in place and the fact that the building is closed on weekends, I left it behind to pursue my mission.
THIS was what I was looking for and hoping to find. The last time I captured images I promptly lost them with a software update. The late afternoon sun illuminated the glass compositions perfectly. The glass bridge is a covered structure with these layers of glass creations overhead. Just like the first time I experienced this profusion of light and color I was mesmerized and lost track of time. My iPhone worked better than my little poin-and-shoot I had brought along. I sorely missed my regular camera but made the best with what I had on hand. The iPhone did capture the color perfectly and enabled me to join others taking pictures without drawing attention with a full frame Nikon.
Just beyond the bridge sculptures resembling over-sized sugar crystal stir sticks were beckoning.
A close up look at the glass rocks.
A long horizontal glass wall with individual showcase compartments was my next destination along the bridge crossing the multi-lane road below. Located just a few steps away from the colorful bridge I took time to investigate the diversity of these vessels, another feast for the eyes that evoked emotion and a strong sense of awe.
I made my way to the tilted cone that houses the hot shop of the Tacoma Glass Museum. The structure is always awe-inspiring and demands attention.
It was a hot day. This was one way for a visitor to cool down…
I descended the stairs to the entry level of the Museum and was greeted by a sculpture combining metal, glass and water. The cooling effect came from the splashing water and the hard surfaces.
I turned and faced the floating glass display on the pool near the entrance to the Museum. It was difficult to tear my attention away. Once I checked the hours posted I realized immediately that less than 30 minutes remained to visit the Museum. I decided I would instead enjoy the sun and outdoor space.
This static sculpture appeared to float, twist and twirl – the movement an optical illusion at its finest.
On the way to meet my group for dinner I stopped to view this art installation, a collaboration between two cultures. Right a King Mask by a Danish artist, left, a Seal Mask that is of Kwakiutl origin.
A full moon far above the streets and buildings I explored earlier. To the left on the distant horizon, barely visible, the snow capped peak of Mount Rainier.
Good night, Tacoma! Good night, world. To be continued…