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Permanent Chihuly center coming to Seattle

Courtesy Seattle Center

SEATTLE — Chihuly Garden and Glass, the most comprehensive exhibition of works by renowned glass artist Dale Chihuly, will open at the Seattle Center this spring.

Under construction since last summer, the new attraction will occupy a 1.5-acre indoor/outdoor site. Visitors will find hundreds of pieces of work from many of Chihuly’s most popular series and architectural installations, highlighting the wide breadth and scope of his career.

“This is a dream come true for me personally,” Chihuly said. “For many years, I have wanted to display all the elements of my work in one space, and to have it right here in my hometown could not be more gratifying.”

The exhibition will include a 12,000-square-foot indoor pavilion with gallery spaces featuring important works such as “Neon and Glass Forest,” “Sealife Tower,” and “Persian Ceiling.” A 43-foot-tall Glass House will feature five large chandeliers composed of red and yellow “Persians.”

The exhibition will also have an outdoor garden with permanent sculpture installations, including seven walkway chandeliers, a 16-foot “Sun” and various glass sculptures representing plants and animals.

The center will also have a café, a bookstore and a theater. The project is being privately funded by the family that owns the Space Needle and will be free to the public.