Celebrating the International Glass Art Movement
Located in Tacoma, the epicenter of the American glass art scene, Hotel Murano is named after Murano, Italy – an island off the coast of Venice that has long been home to generations of glassblowers and is famed as the Old World capital of glass art.
In celebration of the Pacific Northwest’s central role in the modern glass art movement, we’ve carefully curated an international collection of 20th-century works in glass that mixes site-specific commissioned pieces with acquisitions from artists’ studios and galleries around the world. Forty-five artists from twelve countries are represented, showcasing an incredible diversity of glass art techniques and styles.
As you approach the hotel, you’re greeted by Orizon, a monumental, 75-foot-tall curved steel and plate glass site specific sculpture that was commissioned for the hotel and designed for the site by famed Greek glass artist, Costas Varotsos. Inside the lobby, gaze upwards and you’ll find, suspended above the Grand Corridor, three giant Viking boats created by Danish artist Vibeke Skov from stained glass that depicts the Norse creation myths.
From there, continue your artistic journey through our lobby with works by American glass art icon Dale Chihuly, Massimo Micheluzzi’s blown-and-silvered sea anemone-like chandelier, and Karen LaMonte’s Pianist’s Dress, a life-sized, floor-length gown made of cast glass.
On every guest room floor, you’ll discover a glass sculpture accompanied by an illuminated panel highlighting the artist who brought the work to life. Photos and drawings illustrate the process behind the creation of that piece of art.
Docent-led tours of The Collection can be arranged to guests and non-guests. Tours need to be booked in advance and there is a $5/person fee. To schedule a tour, contact Jana Clifford at 253-591-4141.