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May 22, 2012 at 4:35 PM

Commenters on Chihuly museum let it fly

The Seattle Times’ coverage of the newly opened Chihuly Garden and Glass (here and here) drew a lot of attention — more than 10,000 online readers clicked on the review of the museum, published May 21. Anything about artist Dale Chihuly or his museum also brings out the commenters; some thoughtful, some misinformed, some accepting and some so mad that it seems a heart attack at the keyboard might be imminent. Herewith, a sample:

Many took issue with the price, like guiltybystander: “I’d rather spend $30 on a Discover Pass. Ol’ Dale hasn’t infiltrated our state parks yet and my family can use that pass time and time again all over the place. Nature creates its own art, even if it isn’t incorporated and copyrighted.” Speaking of parks, the unhappy camp had a lot of campers, like Schnitzengruben: “If it caught fire and melted into a sea of glass I would not be unhappy.”

Shoreline Dawg raises a safety question: “What happens during the first Bumbershoot when a bunch of drunken festival-goers get in there. Probably not something good. ”

Meanwhile, Rainy Daze takes the pragmatic view: “I was against using the Center real estate in this manner but since it’s done there is no point in complaining. Let’s find a way to make it profit making and still affordable for the local residents.”

Then there are the Fun Forest folk, like nearorfar: “So sad for one of my favorites – RIP wild mouse memories…” Enduro wants such folk to grow up: “Forget the Fun Forest — it’s not that place of your memories and it wasn’t ever going to be again.”

LuckyMike likes having something for his age group: “..almost everything else at Seattle Center is directed toward children! I’m glad there is something new to replace the poorly attended “Fun” Forest, and that it can appeal to adults as well as children.”

And Gobsmackin has clearly had it: “The joke is on Seattle – my birthplace – which cannot seem to shed its provincial yoke by knocking the guy who “made it”. Chihuly is a rock star who got the glass ball rolling. Take it. And make more art, Seattle, and stop whining about who got theirs.”

Along with the comments, the May 12 story had its own vigilant comment scorekeeper, Sal Ripple: “Out of now 88 comments: 81= – (many violently opposed); 6= +; and still 1 confused person from Atlanta.”

(Note: The story eventually garnered 93 comments)

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