I have been wondering if the green glass “icicle” tree was going to stay in the MFA Boston’s new atrium now that the Chihuly glass exhibit has ended. It seems such a natural part of the museum’s new wing. As it turns out, the answer is: they’re trying to keep it.
As an MFA Boston member, I received an email today that looks like this. The Museum is asking for gifts in order to acquire the piece, with every dollar being matched by a challenge grant.
The first time I saw the tree from across the atrium, I didn’t occur to me it wasn’t real. It was pretty exciting to get up close and realize this gleaming tree was composed of countless spikes of green glass.
Are they also trying to keep the light-catching orange glass stalks that have been in the narrow outdoor enclosure adjacent to the atrium? I love the vibrancy they add there. There is no mention of them, so my guess is no. In any event, good luck MFA Boston! I hope you get to keep this tree.