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Chihuly Bridge of Glass, Tacoma

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The Bridge of Glass is a 500ft pedestrian partially-covered footbridge spanning Interstate 705 in Tacoma, Washington. It was opened in 2002 as a gift to the city. The Bridge of Glass connects the Museum of Glass on the Thea Foss Waterway to the downtown and attractions along Pacific Avenue such as Union Station, Washington State History Museum, and Tacoma Art Museum. Together, these attractions make up an area of Tacoma described as "Museum Row." The Bridge of Glass was designed by Texas architect Arthur Andersson and is decorated with artworks by Dale Chihuly. Chihuly has described the Bridge of Glass as "the gateway that welcomes people to Tacoma." It is accessible and free to the public 24 hours a day, lighting up during the nighttime.ArtworkCrossing the bridge, visitors will observe three Chihuly glass installations. On the south end of the bridge, closest to the downtown is the “Seaform Pavilion”, a 15-meter-long covered portion of the bridge suspending 2,364 pieces of colorful marine-life inspired glass on the ceiling overhead. Heading north, past the “Seaform Pavilion” and toward the center of the bridge are the “Crystal Towers”, two 40-foot-tall structures on either edge resembling enlarged, vertical pieces of turquoise rock candy. The towers are made from 63 pieces or "crystals" of Polyvitro, a polyurethane material known for its durability. At night, the towers are illuminated and visible at many points around the downtown area. Lastly, and closest to the museum on the north end of the bridge, is the “Venetian Wall”, an 80-foot-long installation housing 109 individual showcases of Art-Deco style artworks lit by fiber-optic lights. After the final installation, visitors arrive on the rooftop of the Museum of Glass, where they can follow a series of ramps bordering additional outdoor glass installations to the entrance, or take an elevator to the first-floor parking area.
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  • Ceiling of glass items and displays of blown glass very beautiful. See this before the museum - its impressive but just the tip of the iceberg compared to the Glass Museum.  more »
  • If you're right there~see it. It's beautiful. It's surrounded by boats and water, great views. Loved it.  more »
  • This is a lovely scenic place to visit if you are in Tacoma. There is a vertical wall filled with various decorative glass vessels and a ceiling of glass Chihuly pieces, a beautiful combination of col...  more »
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  • One of the most beautiful walking bridge displays I have ever experienced. If you love Las Vegas Bellagio's colourful glass art ceiling display you will love Chihuly's local hometown art installed on the ceiling and one wall of this bridge. You will have to park at one end, such as at the historical museum, to access this bridge. Worth stopping by!!!
  • I am not a connoisseur of glass or the art form, though this was an unexpected treat. We went into Tacoma specifically to checkout this museum and the history museum. Though time didn't allow for both, and unfortunately there was no carryover for the admittance price of one place to the other. I suspect they would both get more visitors if they did. I think it was $18 per person. That said they had a large collection of antique glass vases to include the Art Deco, some phenomenal sea inspired glass sculptures from multiple artists. My favorite pieces where by Raven Skyriver. And the icing on the cake is the Hot Glass Studio where you can see the live demonstration of blown glass pieces that you can actually purchase as souvenirs. They encourage questions from the audience if you want to know more about the process.
  • So beautiful to the eye just a little tease before you go the bigger museum in Seattle but just as amazing
  • Interesting, beautiful artwork and free to visit. Well worth your time.
  • Beautiful glasswork to admire while walking over the bridge.

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