Chihuly Bridge of Glass, Tacoma

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A partnership between the Museum of Glass, legendary Studio Glass pioneer Dale Chihuly and the city of Tacoma resulted in the Chihuly Bridge of Glass, a 500-foot-long pedestrian overpass links the Museum to downtown Tacoma and its cultural corridor. Austin-based Arthur Andersson, architect of the Washington State History Museum, designed the bridge in close collaboration with Chihuly, who directed the artistic concept. The bridge provides a means for the internationally-renowned Chihuly to contribute in a very public way to his hometown.

Three distinct installations comprise the Bridge of Glass. Furthest from the Museum is the Seaform Pavilion, a ceiling made of 2,364 objects from Chihuly's Seaform and Persian series. Placed on top of a fifty-by-twenty-foot plate-glass ceiling, the forms are suspended in midair and make dramatic use of natural light. As visitors walk under this pavilion, they experience a seemingly underwater world of glass shapes and forms a few feet above their heads.

Marking the center of the bridge are the Crystal Towers, which rise forty feet above the bridge deck and serve as beacons of light for the bridge and city. Illuminated from below, the forms glow at night. The 63 large crystals in each tower are made from Polyvitro, a polyurethane material developed to withstand the elements. The Crystal Tower elements are raw, brutal forms, monumental and bold, that appear as if cut from mountain peaks or taken from frozen alpine lakes.

At the approach to the Museum is the Venetian Wall, an eighty-foot installation displaying 109 sculptures from three of Chihuly's series: Venetians, Ikebana, and Putti. The Venetians are exuberant sculptures with origins in Venetian Art Deco glass. Ikebana are quiet pieces, created in the spirit of traditional Japanese floral arrangements. Putti were popular figures in European art of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries and represent Cupid, the Roman god of love. The Venetian Wall is a collection of some of the largest blown-glass works executed in the history of the medium.
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  • A lovely bridge with a surprising amount of the famous Chihuly glass pieces. A really enjoyable view.  more »
  • Visit this gem to see beautiful, intricate glass art, above and beside a freeway overpass. Stroll along from the Pacific Ave side the on the over side you'll encounter a pedestrian delight. Either vis...  more »
  • Not many chances to be immersed in the middle of something - and its free! But you can access the Chihuly Bridge from museum areas on either side of I-705 and walk encased in colorful glass art for qu...  more »
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  • Pretty fun bridge to walk through at night. Has some interesting glass sculptures and makes for a nice subject to photograph and capture on video. It’s connected to the museum of glass, (which is an obvious correlation), so its a nice path to trek around the museum and up to the bridge. I plan to visit the museum of glass soon, and hopefully there will be a beautiful collection of glass art to partake in. I say if you’re in the area, take a walk through. I wouldn’t drive just to see the bridge , you’d have to find parking and I don’t foresee much time being spent at the bridge unless you’re planing to capture a good amount of photos or videos.
  • The Chihuly Bridge displays a lovely collection of glass art by the aforementioned artist's studio. It's certainly worth a moment to look as you're crossing to visit the Tacoma Museum of Glass or to walk along the waterfront. The Crystal Tower installation is imposing; the glass tunnel is inspiring (look at the huge glass circles in the very top layers), and the glass sculptures are masterful. It's fun to grab a coffee from Anthem and walk across the bridge. Definitely recommended!
  • We went at night..so the bridge is open 24/7. The hardest part was finding parking but the views are beautiful for the walk. This is a good mini version of the actual museum by the Space Needle, and it's FREE. Definitely a must see if you're in Tacoma.
  • The bridge of glass is a small but lovely public display of glass art. Varieties of Chihuly pieces line the walls, and the ceiling. There's a lovely view of downtown from the bridge as well. The steps from the glass museum are plentiful so expect to climb for a while to reach it but it'll be worth it to see all the pieces they have displayed.
  • Nice location in Tacoma. Be sure to walk all around including across the bridge to Union Station, there more Chihuly glass there. Also go down the steps to the museum of glass-theres a beautiful Chihuly water feature as well. Waterfront walk, some cute places to eat. Great way to spend an afternoon.
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