Chihuly glass was the canvas here … the afternoon sun, the painter. A stroll through glass-studded greens at Chihuly Garden and Glass (Seattle Center) exposed the Space Needle for the abstraction it wants to be.

Throughout the garden, glass globes, spears and towers lie interspersed with botanical realness. What caught Hugh’s eye first, my imagination next, were the reflections skewed by the color, texture and bubbles of the domes. Here are a few samples of the globes. In the second and third, you can see where the rest of this post is going …

Chihuly Garden and Glass

Chihuly Garden and Glass

Globe at Chihuly Garden and Glass Seattle

Isolating and framing the reflections alone produced these Space Needle configurations, architectural creations unto themselves by virtue of Chihuly handiwork. (All photos shot with the Olympus OM-D E-M5 and Lumix 100-300mm lens).

Space Needle Reflection at Chihuly Garden and Glass

Seattle Space Needle Reflected in Chihuly Glass Globe

Chihuly Garden Space Needle Reflection

Abstract of Seattle Space Needle

Seattle Space Needle Reflection in Chihuly Glass

Chihuly at Seattle Center Space Needle


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For more insight into the Chihuly process, this is Part 1 of Dale Chihuly: Glass Master from 1987: