Donors Help Chihuly Glass Tower Remain at Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

Date: 14 October 2011
Thousands of donations over the course of just three months have helped the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, acquire the 42-foot-tall Lime Green Icicle Tower, a monumental glass sculpture by renowned artist Dale Chihuly.

Over $1 million was raised since the museum launched a public appeal on July 18 to keep the sculpture.

The tower was specifically created for the MFA's Shapiro Family Courtyard, where it has resided since March, and served as a coloful and dramatic focal point for the vast new space. It was also a favorite piece among Chihuly’s dazzling creations included in the popular exhibition Chihuly: Through the Looking Glass, on view this spring and summer at the MFA.

Thousands of gifts, small and large, were given by first-time visitors and long-time friends, ranging from piggy-bank savings brought in by children, to checks written by adults.

Major donors were led by the Donald Saunders and Liv Ullmann Family of Boston. Donald Saunders is a Boston real estate developer and Liv Ullmann is an actress and director who also serves as a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador.

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