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 sculpture site specific commissioned 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.
More than just a gallery, Hotel Murano functions like a museum, providing context for the work and information about the artists. 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. As you walk down the corridor, photos and drawings illustrate the process behind the creation of that piece of art.
Start your tour on your guest room floor. If you’re on the 6th floor, you’ll see Tobias Mohl’s blown glass nests. Take the elevator to the 14th floor where you can see Dante Marioni’s tall, thin blown glass urns in brilliant shades of yellow and red. On the 15th floor, check out Susan Taylor Glasgow’s fused glass corset, a beautiful, stylish and smart work of art.
Docent-led tours of The Collection can be arranged upon request. Appointments are required. To schedule a tour, contact Jana Clifford at 253-591-4141.
Hotel Murano: The Collection, a book that highlights all the works and artists featured in the hotel, is available for purchase at the hotel and select Tacoma locations. The book is also available in digital form in the iPad App Store.
During your next visit to Tacoma, we invite you to explore our collection. Sleep in a hotel infused with the artistic spirit. Dream of great things. Wake up inspired.