It could be Venice (or not); it could be the Venetian in Vegas (or not); it could be Tacoma's Bridge of Glass (or not).
Could be, but not. Nope, on this gray and rainy Monday, it's Seattle Center's new Chihuly Gardens, a confabulation of glass art (curlicues of blue and green glass tubes, bursts of orange and yellow glass flowers) tucked into a conservatory (plain glass) that overlook a garden (spears of lavender and orange glass shoots and globes) emerging from real ferns and blossoms, all in the shadow of the Space Needle.
After much controversy, the Gardens were inaugurated this morning by Jeff Wright, whose family owns the Space Needle, and by Dale Chihuly himself. "It's every artist's dream," he said, "to have one's life work assembled in one place."
Mayor Mike McGinn promised 10,000 free tickets a year for school kids; full price is $19.
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