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.