Mr. Forte and I flew to Seattle to visit Son One for a weekend last month and spent a quiet, cloudy morning walking in Tacoma’s lovely Museum District. Watching glassblowers in the Hot Box at Dale Chihuly’s Museum of Glass wasn’t going to happen – all the museums are closed Mondays and Tuesdays except in the summer – and we thought we would have to make do with the outdoor installations of twisted and folded and curled glass until we wandered into Union Station, a historic building repurposed as the federal courthouse. The building itself is an architectural stunner, and its rotunda has five huge Chihuly installations.
The central chandelier is pictured above and below. Both photos were taken with the not-so-great camera in my Blackberry, the upper with the focus on the glass, the lower with the focus on the window in the dome, which makes it look as if it were taken at night. Nice trick, if unintended.
Last, below, is a slideshow from the Union Station Tacoma website. The space is available for private events. Still photographs from three weddings make up the slideshow, but don’t watch it just to see the couples kissing. Look for the red glass spears and the glass flower window.
After oohing and aahing in the rotunda, Mot and I went through security and into one of the working courtrooms where we listened to the sentencing hearing of a young woman who had been convicted of a drug crime. Life intrudes on art everywhere you go.
Click to play the slideshow
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