Public Art Exhibition Opening: Dale Chihuly's Rose Crystal Tower
Friday, October 6, 2017
10:30 a.m.–12:00 p.m.
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NYC Parks and the Union Square Partnership, in partnership with, Marlborough Gallery, welcomes Dale Chihuly’s eye-catching Rose Crystal Tower to the Union Square Triangle. A part of the 50th anniversary of Parks’ public art program Art in the Parks, this piece will be on display through October 2018.
New York City’s energy, architecture, and rich creative history is formidable and it continues to offer infinite inspiration for artists,” said Dale Chihuly. “I am excited to share my work with the residents and visitors who pass through New York City every year.”
The Rose Crystal Tower stands 31-feet tall and is composed of Polyvitro crystals and steel. Polyvitrois the artist’s term for a plastic material which he casts into individual chunks which resemble glass, but are lighter and more resilient. Chihuly used Polyvitro crystals in the artist’s landmark exhibition, Chihuly in the Light of Jerusalem 2000.
Dale Chihuly is an American artist known for revolutionizing the Studio Glass movement and elevating the perception of the glass medium from the realm of craft to fine art. Over his 50-year career, the artist has become known for his iconic glass sculptures and ambitious architectural installations in historic cities, museums and gardens around the world.