NYC’s love affair with famed sculptor Dale Chihuly continues. Following his exhibit at the New York Botanical Garden (which ends later this month), another one of his works of art will now be on display at Union Square.
Earlier today, the city’s Park Department unveiled the Rose Crystal Tower at the Union Square Triangle. The unveiling commemorates the 50th anniversary of the Parks Department’s public art program, Art in the Parks.
“New York City’s energy, architecture, and rich creative history is formidable and it continues to offer infinite inspiration for artists,” Chihuly said in a statement to the Parks Department. “I am excited to share my work with the residents and visitors who pass through New York City every year.”
Soaring 31 feet into the sky, this sculpture is composed of Polyvitro crystals (over 300!) and steel. Polyvitrois is a term coined by Chihuly wherein he is referring to a plastic material that he casts into individual chunks to make it resemble glass. The sculpture will be in place until October 2018.
People have already been snapping photos of the sculpture at Union Square, and the Parks Department held a Facebook Live to unveil the sculpture earlier today. Here now is a selection of Instagram snaps.