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Chihuly Rock Candy Sculpture

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Dale Chihuly

Artwork Owner
Summit County
Description:

This landmark sculpture for The University of Akron was created by artist Dale Chihuly, representing the convergence of science and art. Chihuly, best known for his revolutionary glass pieces and sculptures, used a new medium of transparent polyurethane which was developed and tested for weather-resistance and durability through the College... Read more

This landmark sculpture for The University of Akron was created by artist Dale Chihuly, representing the convergence of science and art. Chihuly, best known for his revolutionary glass pieces and sculptures, used a new medium of transparent polyurethane which was developed and tested for weather-resistance and durability through the College of Polymer Science and Polymer Engineering. The results complement the Goodyear Polymer Center's reflective glass surfaces. The sculpture consists of 80 individual "rocks" mounted to a center stainless steel armature. It is thirty feet tall and is secured to a 10-foot tall cylindrical base of reinforced concrete. The landscaping at the base is modeled after the spiral curves of the chambered nautilus, one of nature's more perfect designs. It contains a spiral walkway and retaining walls with occasional seats. Included within the attractive plantings are lights which illuminate the sculpture at several grazing angles on all sides.

Additional Notes

The sculpture was financed by private contributions. The polymer materials were donated by BayerMaterialScience AG and a grant from the Ohio Arts Council provided the creative landscaping and lighting.

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Address:

University of Akron, Department of Polymer Science
Akron, OH 44325
Summit County

Materials

Transparent polyurethane, stainless steel, and concrete

Dimensions

Height: 40'

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