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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  • as you stroll from the Washington History Museum to the Museum of Glass, you pass over the railroad tracks on a gorgeous footbridge that is adorned with Chilhuly glass pieces!! It is truly remarkable ...  more »
  • I love Chihuly but it’s amazing that so many people can experience it for free and at anytime! The bridge connects you to the Glass Art Museum and the Tacoma Art Museum  more »
  • Loved the color and presentation of the of the displays. Will take all our visiting friends and relatives when they visit.  more »
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  • Chihuly Bridge of glass is the most outstanding, free to the public, public art I have ever experienced. It is an experience everyone should have if visiting Tacoma. Stunning on a beautiful sunny day. Magical when lit up at night. Go see it!!
  • Beautiful color, love that it doesn't cost to enjoy the bridge .
  • Had a lot of fun here. The kids had fun as did my husband. It was a beautiful day with gorgeous glass works of art. Worth the time. Wish the fountain was working! :)
  • I really enjoyed my visit. Though you can hear the traffic on the bridge.
  • This is a pedestrian bridge over the I-5. It holds many glass art works by Dale Chihuly. Easy access from the highway and with a stop on the way. Chihuly museum is just a cross the bridge, where the is also a nice cafeteria. Paid parking.
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