Art / New York City

Chihuly in the City – Union Square Sculpture Unveiling

10.06.17

We love Dale Chihuly’s famous glass sculptures and incredible creations. As the renowned exhibit at the New York Botanical Garden comes to an end, we were excited to hear that we wouldn’t have to wait to long to see his amazing work again in the city. A new piece, Rose Crystal Tower was just assembled in Union Square, and will be on view for the next year.

Chihuly in the City - Union Square Sculpture Unveiling

Rose Crystal Tower was officially unveiled on Friday October 6th with the artist himself in attendance. The piece is part of the NYC Parks’ program Art in the Parks, which is celebrating its 50th anniversary, and will be on view through October of next year.

Dale Chihuly at the Union Square sculpture unveilingLucky enough to meet one of my favorite artists in person!

Dale Chihuly, one of the most respected American artists, has become known for his iconic glass sculptures and architectural installations that are displayed in historic cities, museums and gardens across the world. Over his celebrated 50 year career he has revolutionized the Studio Glass Movement, and credited for elevating the perfection of the glass medium from craft to fine art.

Rose Crystal Tower by Dale Chihuly at Union Square

Now his fine art will be on display alongside one of New York’s most prominent parks. It is located in Union Square’s triangle, at the intersection of 15th Street and Park Avenue South.

Rose Crystal Tower by Dale Chihuly in Union Square

Looking similar to that of a brilliant piece of rock candy, The ‘Rose Crystal Tower’ sculpture towers 31 feet in the air, overlooking bustling Union Square. The glass-like sculpture is made of steel and a material that was an invention of the Chihuly studio, called “Polyvitro,” which is the artist’s term for his plastic material. The “Polyvitro” material is actually lighter than glass,  perfectly resembles glassy crystals, and much more resilient – making it the perfect material for a long term exhibit. The Chihuly team cast over 300 separate crystals of this material to create this sculpture.

Rose Crystal Tower by Dale Chihuly at Union Square

The sculpture radiates in sunlight, and will be illuminated at night – casting it’s pink hued glow across the city. A must see.

 

Rose Crystal Tower by Dale Chihuly. On view through October 2018. Located in Union Square, at the intersection of 15th Street and Park Avenue South. More on Dale Chihuly HERE.

 

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