The Contemporaries of the Columbia Museum of Art announce the installation of the Chihuly Chandelier in the Museum’s David Wallace Robinson, Jr. Atrium on April 9, 2010. The installation marks the first of its kind in South Carolina and measures an impressive 14’ tall, 5’ wide and 11’ deep. The design was chosen to enhance the asymmetrical shape of the Museum’s atrium and a “Carolina Sunset” color-scheme incorporates Columbia’s “Famously Hot” shades of golds, oranges and reds.

The commission is a significant work by the internationally renowned artist, Dale Chihuly of Washington State.  Chihuly installations are found in numerous museums and private collections around the world, including: The Victoria and Albert Museum in London, The Seattle Museum of Art, The de Young in San Francisco, and the Bellagio in Las Vegas, Nevada.  Dale Chihuly’s expertise in glass blowing has transformed the medium, and his works are recognized by the organically inspired shapes and bold colors of his design.

The completion of this installation marks the success of a public-fundraising campaign by which the Contemporaries raised over $360,000 through private donations and fundraising events – led entirely by the young professional affiliate group of the Museum with the generous support and guidance of a team of community mentors, the Board of Trustees and the museum staff. The fundraising total covers the cost of the acquisition, long-term maintenance of the piece, educational support, lighting and a documentary video.