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Glasshouse

Never mind that glass artist extraordinaire Dale Chihuly already had one museum to his name in the region: Tacoma's Museum of Glass, pretty much an ode to everything the eyepatch-clad blower (or director of blowers) has ever stood for (mainly, art that looks like vases). He needed more. We apparently wanted more. And thus Chihuly Garden and Glass was born, including the exhibition's centerpiece, the Glasshouse. Its website says the Glasshouse was inspired by two of Chihuly's favorite buildings, the Sainte-Chapelle in Paris and the Crystal Palace in London. While it's safe to assume it's on a par with neither, the Glasshouse is still pretty cool. MATT DRISCOLL Seattle Center, 753-4940,  chihulygardenandglass.com

 
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