Artist Dale Chihuly to attend official opening of Chihuly at the Salk April 24, 2010


Weeklong, public installation to include sculptures by the renowned artist in celebration of the Salk Institute's 50th Anniversary


The Salk Institute for Biological Studies today confirmed the attendance of Dale Chihuly for the official opening of Chihuly at the Salk on April 24 in La Jolla, Calif. The Seattle-based artist will be available for media interviews beginning at 10 a.m. The outdoor installation of dramatically colorful glass sculptures kicks off the Institute's 50th anniversary with daily tours April 22-27.

Chihuly at the Salk

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To commemorate the celebratory event, the artist created a poster that depicts one of his most-recognized sculptures (The Sun) flanked by the Institute's iconic buildings. The work serves as an installation-specific symbol of the collaboration between Chihuly and the Salk Institute.

"This fusion of extraordinary scientific, architectural and artistic creativity is indicative of the true spirit of our founder, Jonas Salk," said Salk Institute President William R. Brody. "We are pleased that Dale will join us to share this unique experience as we celebrate our anniversary. And we are deeply appreciative of the generous sponsorship of Joan and Irwin M. Jacobs that made this exhibit possible."

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Salk Institute Kicks off 50th Anniversary Celebration with Chihuly at the Salk April 22-27, 2010


Public invited to tour installation of sculptures by renowned glass artist Dale Chihuly; Lecture and book signing also scheduled


The bold iconic laboratory buildings of the Salk Institute for Biological Studies will receive a dramatic jolt of colorful artwork April 22-27 when the Institute kicks off its 50th anniversary celebration with Chihuly at the Salk – an outdoor installation by artist Dale Chihuly.

Chihuly Sun

Measuring 15 feet tall, The Sun is a massing of bright orange and yellow hand-blown glass forms protruding from a steel core.

Photo by Terry Rishel.
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The celebratory event is open to the public for day and some evening guided tours ($15/ticket), in the course of which visitors can experience a dozen of Chihuly's fantastically colorful and expressive glass sculptures. The artwork will be positioned throughout the grounds of the Salk Institute (designed by famed American architect Louis Kahn), marking the first time a Chihuly installation has ever been displayed at a working research institution.

"This fusion of extraordinary scientific, architectural and artistic creativity is indicative of the true spirit of our founder, Jonas Salk," said Salk Institute President William R. Brody. "We are absolutely delighted that we can open our doors to the public to share this unique experience. And we are deeply appreciative of the generous sponsorship of Joan and Irwin M. Jacobs that made this exhibit possible."

Chihuly's The Sun and White Tower, each standing about 15 feet tall, are among the largest sculptures that will be set against the Institute's austere, angular buildings and courtyard overlooking the Pacific Ocean, and in the adjacent eucalyptus grove. Among the other Chihuly series works on display will include Niijima Floats, large spheres--up to 40 inches in diameter and approximately 60 pounds–with surfaces richly colored in gold and silver leaf and foil; Chandeliers, large hanging sculptures assembled from hundreds of colorful, tentacle-like glass components; and Reeds, translucent spears that appear to jut out from the ground.

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Contact Information

Mauricio Minotta
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