TAM Docents: DRAFT Fact Sheet about Chihuly and glass
I am trying to update the Chihuly Tour Guide Handbook and I thought a quick fact sheet might be useful to those who are new to Chihuly tours. I have a few quick facts down below. Any others that you might add?
I will send a full list when completed (assuming you contribute, that is).
Chihuly Quick Fact Sheet
Ÿ Lackawanna Ikebana – old Union Pacific railroad sign from Erie, Pennsylvania
Ÿ Union Station dome: 90 ft. high; built in 1910 and completed in 1911; restoration completed in 1990;
designed by Reed & Stem, the architects who created New York's Grand Central Station
The station served rail passengers until 1983, when Amtrak moved its operations east of downtown.
1988 – Union Station was placed on the National Register of Historic Places and renovations began.
All was restored to its original splendor at a total cost of $57 million, plus a new a Federal Courthouse wing was added.
Union Station reopened on May 15, 1992, its historic rotunda open and free to the public.
Ÿ Blue Chandelier: 20 x 9 x 3 ft.; over 2000 pieces.
Ÿ Nisqually Earthquake: Feb. 28, 2001; 6.8 richters.
Ÿ End of Day Chandelier: 600 pieces; 17 different shapes.
Ÿ Seaforms Pavilion: 2364 pieces
Ÿ Venetian Wall: 109 pieces
Ÿ Crystal Towers: 63 pieces per tower; 40 ft. high.
Ÿ first American to be designated—as Chihuly was in 1992—a National Living Treasure (http://www.chihuly.com/essays/news_seymour.html)
Ÿ Seattle ranks second only to Venice in the number and quality of glassblowers that crowd within its city limits.
Ÿ the Louvre (where Chihuly is one of only four Americans to have had a one-man show)
Ÿ Chihuly Over Venice: In September 1996, Chihuly mounted his most ambitious installation to that point: 14 enormous chandeliers installed temporarily over the canals and in the palazzos of Venice. The chandeliers had been created over the preceding 18 months in a series of blows in Finland, Ireland, and Mexico that were documented in "Chihuly Over Venice."
Ÿ Chihuly has one of the biggest Pendleton blanket collections in the world.