Dale Chihuly's Venetian glass sculptures at The Swiss. TNT photo by Bruce Kellman
I don't usually condone the use of cell phones in restaurants and pubs. But I'm making an exception– and a cell-phone call – over this one.
The Swiss Pub -- Tacoma's home to more Dale Chihuly sculptures anywhere outside of a museum or Chihuly's studio – is one of the cell-phone stops in Ear for Art, an audio tour of Chihuly glasswork in Tacoma's museum district.
By calling a toll-free number and punching a few buttons, you can hear Chihuly and others talk about his work as you look at his work. (You're on the hook for any of your own cell-phone usage fees.) This isn't like one of those museum-wand audio things. You can call from any telephone anywhere, even if you're nowhere near a Chihuly.
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In addition to The Swiss, where eight Chihuly Venetians have been on display above the bar since 1994, other audio-art stops are at The Tacoma Art Museum, Union Station, the Bridge of Glass and the University of Washington Tacoma library.
For the telephone number and information on Chihuly's work, visit the museum's web site.
Listen to an MP3 audio snippet of The Swiss' co-owner Jack McQuade talking about how the pub acquired Chihuly's work.
The Swiss Pub: 1904 S. Jefferson Ave., 253-572-2821.