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This Breathtaking Chihuly Tower Comes to Union Square This Week

By Bianca Bahamondes

This Breathtaking Chihuly Tower Comes to Union Square This Week
NYC can’t get enough of the glass sculptor Dave Chihuly, and it’s clear to see why. As the Chihuly exhibit at the Botanical Garden comes to an end, another gorgeous sculpture by this genius will emerge in Union Square—and it’s pink!

The Rose Crystal Tower looks much like an upright stick of rock candy, but will celebrate the park’s 50th anniversary of “Art in the Park”.

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Courtesy of NYC Department of Parks & Recreation

The sculpture won’t be made of glass, but of “Polyvitro [crystals]—an invention of Chihuly Studio—is the artist’s term for a plastic material which he casts into individual chunks which resemble glass, but are lighter and more resilient.” Rose Crystal Tower first debuted at the Botanical Garden in 2006. At that time the piece was only 20-feet-tall.

Courtesy of New York Botanical Garden

The new and improved 2017 sculpture is 31-feet-tall and will officially go up at the end of the week, on Oct. 6. The installation will remain in Union Square for a year. So if you can’t make it the the Botanical Gardens by Oct. 29 you’ll still be able to catch a glimpse of Chihuly’s talent in the city.

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Feature image source: Dale Chihuly courtesy of Department of Parks and Recreation