INDIANAPOLIS, March 18 /PRNewswire/ -- Dedicated to creating extraordinary
family learning experiences across the arts, sciences and humanities, The
Children's Museum of Indianapolis in conjunction with renowned artist Dale
Chihuly, opens Fireworks of Glass, the largest permanent sculpture of Chihuly
blown glass ever created. The 43-foot Tower rises above a floating glass
ceiling under which an innovative hands-on glassblowing exhibit for children
and families is housed. Fireworks of Glass is a permanent world-class work of
art for children and families to explore, learn about and create their own
works of art.
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Located in the museum's core, a five-story central atrium, the Chihuly
sculpture and ceiling will be seen by more visitors than any other exhibit in
the museum. "An estimated 60 million children and families and up to 7
million school children, and their teachers, over the next 50 years will view
Fireworks of Glass, an extraordinary work of art that would not normally be
seen in a children's museum," said Dr. Jeffrey H. Patchen, president and CEO
of The Children's Museum of Indianapolis.
"Glass is the most magical of all materials. It transmits light in a
special way ... I'm pleased that my art appeals to so many people of all ages.
As a parent and an artist, I'm especially looking forward to leaving a legacy
at The Children's Museum, a place where I hope my work brings joy to children
who visit from all over the world," said Dale Chihuly.
"The Children's Museum is known for providing outstanding opportunities
for the exploration of the sciences, history and humanities. This one of a
kind work of art will serve as an icon for cultural tourism for our city,"
said Indianapolis Mayor Bart Peterson.
Fireworks of Glass:
Standing more than 43-feet tall, Fireworks of Glass is comprised of more
than 3,200 individually blown, glass pieces.
During the day, it is bathed in natural light and is spectacularly lit at
night for evening events. Children and families can circle the tower via the
museum's ramps to explore the sculpture from all sides.
Fireworks of Glass Ceiling:
The Fireworks of Glass ceiling is cross shaped, and consists of more than
1,600 brilliant, colorful glass pieces in a myriad of shapes. Exotic-named
pieces such as Sea Tubes, Hornballs, Persians, and Putti are displayed inside
a suspended glass ceiling with the tower mounted above. From the museum's
Lower Level, children and their families are able to sit on a revolving
viewing platform below the illuminated ceiling and talk about what they see
overhead. Special lighting highlights individual pieces and casts dramatic
colors and patterns on the floor and walls.
The Interactive Hands-On Exhibit:
Underneath the ceiling of Fireworks of Glass, is a permanent hands-on
interactive exhibit area featuring learning stations where visitors create
their own sculptures from a wide variety of colorful, molded glass-like shapes
called polyvitro. Family-sized benches, surrounded by computer touch screens,
accommodate families as they blow their own virtual glass art piece. Visitors
can also view a 180-degree virtual image of the Hot Shop where Chihuly and his
team blow glass. On-screen boxes pop up with information about Chihuly, his
artwork, the glassblowing process and the design, creation and installation of
Fireworks of Glass.
The Children's Museum of Indianapolis, 3000 N. Meridian St. The museum is
open daily, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. (Closed Mondays, Labor Day - mid-March only.)
Admission prices are as follows: Under 2, free; Youths (2 - 17), $7; Adults,
$12; and Seniors (60+), $11.
SOURCE The Children's Museum of Indianapolis