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Maker(s):Chihuly, Dale
Culture:American (1941- )
Title:Clear and Gold Tower
Date Made:2013
Type:Sculpture
Materials:Blown glass, gold leaf, and steel
Place Made:North America; United States; Washington; Seattle
Measurements:Overall: 150 in x 78 in x 78 in; 381 cm x 198.1 cm x 198.1 cm
Accession Number:  MH 2013.34
Credit Line:Gift of the Centennial Class of 1937
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Clear and Gold Tower was commissioned from prominent American glass artist Dale Chihuly by the Mount Holyoke College Art Museum with funding from the Centennial Class of 1937. It was inspired by an earlier piece—the Palazzo Ducale Tower —which the artist made during his 1995-1996 Chihuly Over Venice project. More than 450 pieces of hand-blown glass shimmering with gold leaf comprise this remarkable work of art.

Chihuly and his team created the Clear and Gold Tower for Mount Holyoke in response to the library’s neo-Renaissance courtyard designed in 1992 by Boston architect Graham Gund. The tower is mounted within an Italian wellhead—a gift from the architect—that dates to 1540. According to inscriptions on its exterior, the marble well once served as the water source for the Venetian abbey of San Cipriano on the island of Murano, a famed center for glassblowing from the 13th century to the present day.

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