You are standing in the Krasl Art Center “silo,” a uniquely shaped entrance to the museum that was designed for a significant sculpture. In 2000, KAC commissioned Chihuly to create what we now know as Beacon Gold Chandelier. 200 individually blown glass pieces make up this 700-pound sculpture. Each delicate glass piece is secured to a stainless-steel armature.
Chihuly received his Masters of Science in sculpture from the University of Wisconsin in 1967, studying under Harvey Littleton, who is considered to be the father of the American Glass Movement. Chihuly continued his studies at the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) and received his MFA in 1968. Today, Chihuly operates the “Boathouse” in Seattle, Washington, where he and his team of 100 artisans create dramatic masterpieces in glass.