Crystal Towers by Dale Chihuly - Tacoma, WA
Posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member Hikenutty
N 47° 14.735 W 122° 26.129
10T E 542720 N 5232609
Quick Description: Twin sculptures comprised of 63 large blue crystals made of Polyvitro, a polyurethane material. Located on the Dale Chihuly Bridge of Glass.
Location: Washington, United States
Date Posted: 8/10/2006 4:20:36 PM
Waymark Code: WMKPA
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member silverquill
Views: 223

Long Description:
The Crystal Towers rise forty feet above the bridge deck and serve as beacons of light for the bridge and city. Illuminated from the landscape below, the forms glow at night. Chihuly made the 63 large crystals in each tower from Polyvitro, a polyurethane material developed to withstand the elements. He first used Polyvitro crystals in the Crystal Mountain, a sculpture created for the exhibition Chihuly in the Light of Jerusalem 2000. The Crystal Tower elements are raw, brutal forms, monumental and bold, that appear as if cut from mountain peaks or taken from frozen alpine lakes.

The Chihuly Bridge of Glass is a 500-foot-long pedestrian bridge linking downtown Tacoma, Washington, to the city's waterfront, the Thea Foss Waterway. Conceived by Dale Chihuly, artist and native of Tacoma, and designed in collaboration with Arthur Andersson of Andersson•Wise Architects, it is a display of color and form soaring seventy feet into the air. The Chihuly Bridge of Glass, commissioned by the Museum of Glass: International Center for Contemporary Art, was gifted by the museum to the city of Tacoma. On July 6, 2002, the bridge was dedicated and opened to the public.

"This will be the gateway that welcomes people to Tacoma. We wanted something unique in the world, something that has a lot of color, a joyous experience, night or day." —Chihuly
Title: Crystal Towers

Artist: Dale Chihuly

Media (materials) used: Polyvitro (Polyurethane material)

Location (specific park, transit center, library, etc.): Bridge of Glass - Museum of Glass

Date of creation or placement: 2002

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