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

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Kay Solberg takes photos of the "Persian Ceiling" during a preview of the Chihuly Garden and Glass exhibit at the Seattle Center on Thursday, May 17 in Seattle.

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Dale Chihuly is seen silhouetted in the entryway to the "Mille Fiori" during a preview of his show at the Seattle Center.

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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.

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

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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The "Macchia Forest" is seen during a preview of the Chihuly Garden and Glass exhibi.

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The Space Needle is seen through the walls and ceiling of the "Glasshouse," featuring a 100-foot suspended, 1,340-piece sculpture.