Richard Rhodes' untitled "stone wave" sculpture at Tacoma Art Museum is decorated with Ma Chihuly's Floats (in honor od Dale Chihuly's mother) during the summer months.
By Rob Owen Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
TACOMA, Wash. -- Although Chihuly Garden and Glass in Seattle offers the greatest concentration of Dale Chihuly art, his hometown 35 minutes south also has many of his works on display, often for free. (Download a podcast of a walking tour at www.tacomaartmuseum.org by searching "Chihuly Podcast Walking Tour.")
• Tacoma Union Station (1717 Pacific Ave.): This grand old building now houses the federal courthouse, and also is home to five Chihuly installations. Open business hours weekdays.
• University of Washington at Tacoma library (1900 Commerce St.): Mr. Chihuly's 19-foot tall, 1,500-pound Chinook Red Chandelier hangs in a group study room on the second floor.
• The Swiss Restaurant & Pub (1904 S. Jefferson): Stop in for a bite and a pint and behold Mr. Chihuly's Venetian glass pieces on a shelf above the bar.
• Museum of Glass (1801 Dock St.): While a visitor might expect this to be a major home of Mr. Chihuly's work, it's not. Although Mr. Chihuly had a hand in the museum's founding more than 10 years ago, the museum rotates through the work of other glass artists. One program encourages school children to submit drawings/paintings and each month one entry is selected to be interpreted into glass. Mr. Chihuly occasionally visits with his team to create glass art in the museum's hot shop amphitheater -- a highlight where visitors can watch artisans at work. Other artists appear regularly in the hot shop, demonstrating their craft. (Admission: $12 adults, $10 seniors, $5 children 6-12.)
• Bridge of Glass (near Pacific Avenue and 18th Street): A partnership among Mr. Chihuly, the Museum of Glass and the City of Tacoma, this art-adorned pedestrian bridge links the Museum of Glass to the main drag downtown. Three Chihuly installations are on public display along the 500-foot length of the bridge.
• Tacoma Art Museum (1701 Pacific Ave.): Mr. Chihuly's work may not be on display inside the Museum of Glass but about 40 of his works are featured in a long-term installation here. (Admission: $10 adults, $8 seniors, free for children ages 5 and under.)