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On October 12, 2011, the Museum of Fine Arts Boston released the news that efforts to raise enough money to purchase and maintain artist Dale Chihuly’s 42-foot-tall lime green icicle tower had been successful. The museum received thousands of gifts totaling more than $1 million. The towering glass tree, which had been created for the MFA’s new Shapiro Family Courtyard, will continue to reside in this bright and airy glass-enclosed space.

The soaring sculpture weighs approximately 10,000 pounds. It is made up of 2,342 pieces of hand-blown green glass spikes.

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Fellow Bostonians, If you haven’t made it to the fantastical Chihuly glass exhibit at the Museum of Fine Arts Boston yet this summer, this is the last week! It will no doubt be crowded, but even so, it is well worth the visit. When the light hits these squirming, stretching, curling tendrils of glass, they can look as if they are on fire. This exhibit offers some of the most delicious landscapes of light, shape and color to be found!

I saw a Chihuly glass installation for my first time last year at the lovely waterfront Milwaukee Art Museum. The sheer enormity and wonder of the piece caught me by surprise, its vibrant orange arms reaching out into the vast white space of the lobby. The MFA Boston’s show, however, turned out to be that multiplied by a thousand. Room after room of glowing large-scale landscape installations create an atmospheric fantasy land. Strangely beautiful glass vegetation combines with chandeliers and sea creatures in a journey that feels like a melding of a Dr. Seuss tale and a visit to an alien planet.

According to Dale Chihuly’s website bio, the artist enrolled in the country’s first glass program at the University of Wisconsin in 1965, and continued studies at Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) where he went on to establish a glass program. He also worked in the Venini glass factory in Venice. He has gone on to co-found Pilchuck Glass School in Washington State and to see his work included in over 200 museum collections around the world.

I hope you can find a few hours this week to stop in at the MFA Boston before this show ends on Sunday. For museum hours and other information, visit the MFA Boston’s website.

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