American artist Dale Chihuly (b.1941) is a prominent personality in the field of ‘Contemporary Design’ and ‘Studio Glass Sculpting.’ His association with glass began as early as in the 1960s and he mastered the art of employing blown glass to form beautiful sculptures. “Crystal Towers on the Chihuly Bridge of Glass” is Chihuly’s most appreciated work.
Dale conceived the idea of creating illuminated “Crystal Towers on the Chihuly Bridge of Glass” and designed it with the assistance of Arthur Andersson, the architect from the popular firm Andersson-Wise Architects. Outside the famous Museum of Glass in Chihuly’s birthplace, Tacoma, Washington, is a 500 feet long walkway known as the Chihuly Bridge of Glass. It is a permanent installation. The Chihuly Bridge links up the Tacoma downtown to the waterfront of the city, the Foss Waterway. Created in 2002, the twin crystal towers stand tall on this bridge in all their glittering glory.
“Crystal Towers on the Chihuly Bridge of Glass” are fixed in the center of the bridge, rising as high as around 40 feet above its deck and are built up of around sixty-three huge blue crystals. The crystals in turn are made of Polyvitro, a polyurethane material. It has been used for the towers by the virtue of it being strong, durable, and resilient enough to withstand the external elements. The towers seem like two large monuments of crude & bold blue rocks, and the crystals appear like raw and edgy blocks cut out from the magnificent Alpine Glaciers. During the day, as the sun changes its position, the light captured by the crystal towers paints them in a different hue at different hours. This brilliant hue of Dale’s “Crystal Towers on the Chihuly Bridge of Glass” gets illuminated with the lights of the landscape below the bridge. The dazzling effect creates a marvelous sight and lights up the bridge and all that is nearby. During sunset, the rays of light seeping through the hollow crystals make the towers a symbol of beauty, an expression of joy, for the visitors.
The Museum of Glass (International Center for Contemporary Art), has gifted the Chihuly Bridge of Glass to the city of Tacoma. The Bridge was opened for public in July 2006, after the museum dedicated it to the people of Tacoma. People flock the bridge to appreciate the ravishing beauty of the towers. According to Dale Chihuly, this dedication was inspired by the idea of welcoming people to the city and at the same time gifting them with something that is exuberant, colorful, and one of its kind.
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New Beautiful Hand Blown Glass Sculpture. Because each glass is a unique work of art made individually by hand, slight variations of size, colors and patterns are possible and your one of a kind glass may differ from the picture. Also, the glass may have small air bubbles due to the natural glass blowing process.
- New Beautiful Hand Blown Glass Sculpture.
- Because each glass is a unique work of art made individually by hand, slight variations of size, colors and patterns are possible and your one of a kind glass may differ from the picture. Also, the glass may have small air bubbles due to the natural glass blowing process.
- Approx. Width: 2.5 inches, Approx. Height: 11 inches, Approx. Length: 9 inches
- Colors: Green, Blue