For reasons we needn't get into here, I became excessively discouraged over the weekend. I felt utterly convinced that I was the wrong person in the wrong place at the wrong time, that I had a job to do but no authority to get it done, that no one was paying attention or gave a flying crap, etc., etc. Further, there wasn't much I could do about any of it.
I have learned, however, that one of the best ways to get out of a blue funk is to shake up your routine a bit. What I needed was to get out of the house and do something I'd never done before.
That something turned out to be Chihuly Garden & Glass at Seattle Center. I know, it's been open for a while now, but I'd never gotten around to visiting. So I got into the Little Silver Hyundai and boogied on over there.
Here's what I found.
ETA: I don't mean to be insensitive, but don't you think it's a bit of a lost opportunity for Dale Chihuly to wear an eyepatch? He could be sporting some of the most amazing glass eyes in creation!
(Despite my snarky comments, I actually quite liked these two pieces!)
Now at this point, you may be saying, "What, is that all?" Nope.
Let's head outside, shall we?
Not shown here: the old silver trailer that had been turned into a mobile glassblowing studio, and the sizable crowd that gathered around it to watch a glassblower do his thing.
One of the things I realized by going to see this exhibit is that what you see displayed here is "Dale Chihuly's art" in the same sense that a movie is "a Steven Spielberg film." Yes, both men have artistic concepts in their heads, both direct others with the aim of realizing that concept, but in both cases a whole lot of other people's work goes into the finished product. The chandeliers and other large, modular pieces are assembled by a team of glassblowers. Each modular piece is produced by a team working together. It is not one man's work represented here -- it's more the Dale Chihuly School of Glass.
In any case, this day provided some much-needed relief and happy-making art. If you're thinking about going, ticket costs are spendy, but you can come early and wander in the exhibits and garden all day if you feel inclined. I think it's worth seeing at least once -- especially if you can finagle yourself a discount.