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1Oct/18

DALE CHIHULY: ROSE CRYSTAL TOWER

(photo by twi-ny/mdr)

Dale Chihuly’s “Crystal Rose Tower” is part of Art in the Parks’ golden anniversary (photo by twi-ny/mdr)

Art in the Parks
Union Square Park
Through October 5
www.unionsquarenyc.org
rose crystal tower slideshow

For a year, Dale Chihuly’s “Rose Crystal Tower” has stood tall on the median by the southeast corner of Union Square Park, but it’s set to come down October 5. Presented by NYC Parks, the Union Square Partnership, and the Marlborough Gallery, the thirty-one-foot-high sculpture, made of Polyvitro crystals and steel, is part of the fiftieth anniversary of the Art in the Parks program. The seventy-seven-year-old, internationally renowned, Tacoma-born Chihuly has been working with glass since the late 1960s; oddly, he was blinded in his left eye by glass in a car accident in 1976. “New York City’s energy, architecture, and rich creative history is formidable and it continues to offer infinite inspiration for artists,” Chihuly, whose “CHIHULY” exhibition was on view last year at the New York Botanical Garden, said in a statement.

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