Several years back Missouri Botanical Garden had a Chihuly glass exhibit placed throughout the gardens, which John and I did see. And thankfully those gardens purchased some of the glass artwork so they could forever remain with the park. Consequently John and I are very familiar with his work, and we have seen more of it during our travels over the states. At the Chihuly exhibit in Seattle we learned more about the artist and also were able to view the whole scope of his work as it has emerged over the past fifty years. The information which I provide in this posting, regarding the artist and his work, I obtained from the numerous interpretive signs and videos which are available at this art museum. Chihuly grew up in the northwestern part of our country and his work Niijima Floats was inspired by his memory of Japanese fishing floats found along the beaches of Puget Sound, and by a visit to the Japanese Island of Niijima.