The Glass Hotel

Murano Lobby Longboats Lobby LongboatThe Hotel Murano in Tacoma could also be called the Glass Hotel, dedicated as it is to showcasing the work of over 45 international glass artists. From the street to every floor, beautiful works of studio glass shine. These are glass long boats by a Danish artist, hanging over the lobby.

 Dante Marioni (2) Dante Marioni 14th floorEach floor showcases a different artist. Glass panels show the artist, a vitrine shows pieces of their glass, and the hallways display photos of their working process.  On the 14th floor, these brilliant yellow sculptural pieces were created by Dante Marioni.

 Miriam di FioreOn another floor the artist is Miriam di Fiore, born in Buenos Aires, but living in Italy. Her work is collected around the world.

 Hotel Murano Lobbydetail of central sculpture closeup of glassesThis enchanting sculptural piece is in a lobby vitrine. The figures show the art of glass blowing. The glasses each have their own glass blowing figures. These whimsical and delicate figures also decorate the elaborate glasses. I’m sure no one has ever served white or red in them!!

Murano Lobby Deck of CardsThese large glass ‘playing card’ wall plates called “Oakland Deck” were created by Therman Staton, There was an larger installation of a dozen of them on another floor.

 Murano Lobby QuagliataDreamer #1 by Narcissus Quagliata, b. Rome, now living in Mexico.

 Dale Chihuly Macchiata series, 1984Dale Chihuly, Macchiata Series, 1984 2Of course the star of the hotel collection is native born son, Dale Chihuly. The two pieces above are from his Macchia series from the 1980’s. They were named by his friend and collaborator, Italo Scanga, from the Italian word for spotted.   Lots more of this work next time.


About Susan

Susan Detjens is a former landscape painter, she lectures, demonstrates and runs workshops on floral design for museums, horticultural organizations and garden clubs across the US.
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