Thursday, December 5, 2013

Chihuly, Holiday Lights, and Dinosaurs?

While in Pittsburgh for Thanksgiving, some of my family and I headed to Phipps Conservatory in Oakland to see their holiday light display. I used to go there a lot as a kid, and I was tired of just sitting and eating, so I tagged along.

colored holiday light balls

I want these.

They had a large display of trees and glass objets d’arts inside, and a huge light display outside. It was a bit too chilly for me to take many photos (I need those gloves where you can still use your phone), but I did snap one of the funky ovals that change color as you step outside. These are my kind of lawn decor.

Chihuly chandelier at Phipps

Phipps was also one of many botanical gardens to do a Chihuly exhibition, and they retained several pieces after the show including one in the lobby atrium. Each piece of glass is attached to or resting on a rod. None of them are fused together.

But the best part of the visit? Dinosaurs! Yes, whoever designed their toy train set up this year must be the coolest person ever because it blend your average toy train diorama with Jurassic Park-esque mayhem.

dinosaur playing basketball

T-rex chasing truck

When you enter the room, everything looks normal, but then you start catching a dinosaur playing basketball or chasing a pick up truck.

fake newspaper story about dinosaur attack

They had a fake newspaper setting up the scene once you started noticing the dinosaurs.

group of dinosaurs

When you round the bend with a giant volcano, the dinosaurs are destroying fences, railroad ties, bridges, and more. They included several hands-on components such as making a mine shaft explode or the volcano grumble.  This person had a lot of fun doing their job, and their boss is a good sport for allowing them to be so creative. Big thumbs up!

If you’re in Pittsburgh for the holidays, stop by and see Phipps. You’re guaranteed to not be bored even if you’re not a plant person.

Phipps Conservatory
One Schenley Park
Pittsburgh, PA 15213

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4 Responses to “Chihuly, Holiday Lights, and Dinosaurs?”

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    Amanda @amandaelsewhere — December 5, 2013 @ 10:43 am

    I love this so hard!

    • ehalvey replied: — December 5th, 2013 @ 11:02 am


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    Jenna — December 8, 2013 @ 6:37 pm

    Very cool place. And I’m glad to know of your appreciation of dinosaurs. 🙂

    • ehalvey replied: — December 9th, 2013 @ 10:38 am

      I used to babysit 2 boys who were impressed by my dino knowledge. My brother was OBSESSED with Jurassic Park, so I picked up a dorky love of dinosaurs.

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