Glass in the Garden, in the Dark

Last night, Jess, Lauren, Matt, Jen and I went to Chihuly Nights at the Botanical Gardens. After watching the rain all day at work, we still went because we had bought the tickets two weeks in advance. For such hoopla about this exhibition, we were a little disappointed. When the whole point of the thing was to see the glassworks all lit up, any reasonable person would expect that a lot of thought would have gone into properly lighting the sculptures. Unfortunately, any reasonable person would be wrong. The lighting was ill considered (when it was working), the placement of the sculptures was confusing, and the coolest sculpture was out in the middle of the freaking lake. It was very hard to photograph, requiring this intrepid shutterbug to descend the slick and soggy bank to the edge of the water. Thankfully, I wasn’t the only one to have veered from the path, as the grass there was all chewed up. This was the best I could get:

Completely Inaccessible Chihuly Scupture

Fortunately, the work inside the Climatron was presented in a more rational manner. It was also a welcome respite from the cold and the rain. Click here to see the gallery of our blown glass adventure. All in all, an interesting experience. Didn’t blow me away, but then again, how often do you get the opportunity to see stuff like this?

These are some of my (Jen) favorite photos:

A lake full of Walla Walla Onions

One of the many realistic sculptures found in the Climatron

Satan’s basket

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