'Sun' Rises at Salk Institute

By Christy Orgeta
|  Friday, Apr 23, 2010  |  Updated 2:54 PM PDT
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Chihuly's Sculptures Installed at the Salk

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'Sun' Rises at Salk Institute

Salk Institute is celebrating its 50th anniversary in a unique, colorful way.
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Fiftieth anniversaries are traditionally referred to as golden, and the Salk Institute celebrated in true fashion by bringing in "The Sun."

The Salk’s iconic laboratory buildings received a splash of color with the outdoor installation of "Chihuly at the Salk" on Thursday. The exhibit features the work of world-renowned glass artist Dale Chihuly.
 
"I always look for great places to install my artwork -- environments that are interesting, beautiful and have a great architectural feel," Chihuly said in a news release. 
 
"The Sun" is the largest piece featured (there are 12 in all) is comprised of 1,100 pieces of hand-blown glass. The piece will be displayed for two weeks.
 
Other notable works featured are "Ninjama Floats," a piece the La Jolla Light described as large spheres 40 inches in diameter that  weighs 60 pounds. The spheres are decorated with gold- and silver-leaf foil, according to the paper. Another work, "Chandeliers" are large hanging sculptures assembled from hundreds of colorful, tentacle-like glass components.
 
While the community is invited to tour the exhibit, the La Jolla Light reports that the lecture and book-signing event on Sunday that accompany the exhibit are sold out.
 
The exhibition runs through April 28. For more information on the event, visit the Salk Institute website or call (858) 597-0657.

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