The 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.
Each 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.
This 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!!
Of 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.