Chihuly in OKC

Well, we’ve made it all the way to Oklahoma City on our grand road trip, and I have to say that I am quite impressed with what I’ve found here. It’s a very walk able city, and there are lots of attractions in the downtown area. It’s one of those places you can drive to, park your car at the hotel and then pretty much get around on foot for most of your stay. Additionally, access is pretty good in the downtown area, with lots of curb-cuts and nice wide sidewalks.

I’ve discovered a lot of things here in Oklahoma, but so far my best find is the Chihuly collection at the Oklahoma City Art Museum. I spent the afternoon there, and as a diehard Chihuly fan, I can say it’s magnificent. It’s a permanent exhibition so unlike most of his other installations, it will be here for many years to come. I’ve heard that it’s the only other permanent collection of his work outside of Tacoma, but I will have to check on that.

Still, no mater how you describe it, it’s great. There are some very large installations featuring some of his favorite shapes, along with some smaller pieces and even one of his famous glass ceilings. And of course there’s a chandelier — probably the largest one I’ve ever seen.

And you’ll be happy to know that the museum features good access, with accessible parking in front, a level entrance, ramps to all of the raised areas and elevator access to all floors.

It’s a fun (and very accessible) way to spend an afternoon, so be sure and put it on your list next time you visit Oklahoma City. In a small way it kind of makes up for my missing the press preiew of his new installation at the Legion of Honor; but I’ll make sure and catch that exhibition as soon as I get home.