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Chihuly Bridge of Glass, Tacoma, Washington, 2009

This 500 foot long bridge links downtown Tacoma to its waterway. Conceived by Tacoma artist Dale Chihuly, the bridge features more than 2,000 glass objects placed on a plate glass ceiling. I aimed my lens up at the objects, which are illuminated by natural light. The plate glass ceiling reflects the walkway below it, along with two people viewing the art. My reflected image makes the people part of the art, and that echoes Chihuly’s point in conceiving the bridge.

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Phil Douglis05-Jul-2009 20:38
No, Tim -- I did not rotate this image. It is just the way it came out of the camera. I am shooting the artglass within the ceiling. The Bridge and the people who stand upon it are reflected on the plexiglass that covers the artglass.
And yes, it is all about immersing the viewer in art. I think that is why and how Chihuly designed this amazing bridge.
Tim May05-Jul-2009 20:35
You play with our minds here - hasn't this been rotated - in any case, the result, to me, seems a metaphor for the interplay of art and audience - these people are surrounded by art, immersed in it - as we (and least, I) hope our views will be.
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