Chihuly works will become permanent fixtures at Phipps

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When the popular "Chihuly at Phipps: Gardens & Glass" exhibit closed in February, four prominent pieces remained at Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, including the dazzling yellow chandelier in the Welcome Center.

The conservatory announced yesterday that 26 smaller pieces will come back to Phipps later this month as part of its permanent collection. Six multi-colored Macchia (wavy, shell-like bowls), 13 amber Cattails and seven Paintbrushes all will be installed in the Palm Court.

In addition to the Welcome Center chandelier, the $1.2 million permanent collection of Chihuly work at Phipps also includes the hanging gold star in the Desert Room, the celadon and purple gilded Fiori in the Tropical Fruit and Spice Room and the bronze, apricot and chartreuse Ikebana in the Palm Court.

The nearly 10-month exhibit attracted almost 400,000 visitors from every state and dozens of countries, breaking the conservatory's attendance and membership records.

To help secure funding for acquisition of the Chihuly work, Phipps established The Glass Acquisition Fund. Purchase of the Welcome Center chandelier was underwritten by the Colcom Foundation; the Desert Gold Star was obtained through the DSF Charitable Foundation. Both foundations also supported the purchase of Macchia.

Chihuly staffers will reinstall the pieces on July 21-22; visitors can see the works beginning July 23. Phipps is open until 10 p.m. on Fridays, "reliving the popular 'Chihuly Nights' which drew the largest crowds," said the conservatory's executive director, Richard Piacentini.


Patricia Lowry can be reached at plowry@post-gazette.com or 412-263-1590.


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