Fern Green Tower

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Object Name: 
Fern Green Tower
Accession Number: 
Overall: H: 472.44 cm; Diam (max): 228.6 cm
On Display
made in 1999
reconfigured in 2013
Credit Line: 
Gift of the artist
Web Description: 
Fern Green Tower was made in 1999. At Chihuly's request, it was reconfigured by Chihuly Studio in 2013 to increase its height from 11 feet to 15 1/2 feet. The sculpture was disassembled and cleaned, and a new steel structure was put into place. The sculpture was then reassembled with 200 additional blown glass elements, making a total of 712 handmade elements that are attached to the steel structure. Fern Green Tower is one of a series of large-scale towers and chandeliers that Chihuly has produced in a constellation of colors. Exuberant in spirit and ambitious in scope, these impressive glass sculptures are housed in museums, concert halls, corporate offices, public spaces, and private residences around the world.
Chihuly, Dale (American, b. 1941), Source
Primary Description: 
Sculpture, "Fern Green Tower." a) armature, metal; assembled. b) glass, transparent to translucent glass (shades of green, yellow green, yellow). a) two pieces: 26-inch base plate and 9-inch spiky steel pipe welded to 16-inch base plate.
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