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Dale Chihuly Garden and Glass exhibit to open as Seattle Center spectacle

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Dale Chihuly is seen silhouetted in the entryway to the
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Dale, left, and Leslie Chihuly walk into the garden area and past the Glasshouse during a preview of the Chihuly Garden and Glass exhibit.
Dale, left, and Leslie Chihuly walk into the garden area and past the Glasshouse during a preview of the Chihuly Garden and Glass exhibit.Elaine Thompson / AP

A chandelier is seen from underneath during a preview of the Chihuly Garden and Glass exhibit.
A chandelier is seen from underneath during a preview of the Chihuly Garden and Glass exhibit.Elaine Thompson / AP

KING5-TV reports: It promises to be one of the most spectacular art displays Seattle has ever seen. The 12,000-square-foot gallery includes a café housing Dale Chihuly's own quirky collections of accordions and vintage radios. Outdoor works include the "Icicle Tower" and "Sun," along with plants and trees that create a luminous living landscape that will grow on the grounds of the old Fun Forest.

"This is going to change, not just by day and night, but over the next 15-20 years," said Executive Director Michelle Bufano.

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