Gray Weather Survival Guide
7. Light up with culture
At Light Reign, the James Turrell Skyspace on permanent exhibition at the Henry Art Gallery, benches line an oval chamber with a large hole in the ceiling, letting you watch the sky change as the day progresses. The best part: When it rains, a movable dome covers the opening, and a secondary light source creates an artificial (but still beautiful!) blue sky above. Get a more organic illuminating experience at the Frye Art Museum, where a large glass rotunda in the lobby provides a glow of filtered natural light. And at the Whatcom Museum in Bellingham, the brand-new lightcatcher, a 36-foot-high, 180-foot-long, 42,000-square-foot translucent glass wall, houses climate-controlled galleries and a green roof, making for a beautifully lit and eco-friendly sight—perhaps the light at the end of a rainy, cloudy tunnel.