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The MFA Will Keep Its Lime Green Icicle Tower

(Andrea Shea/WBUR)
(Andrea Shea/WBUR)

On Wednesday morning the Museum of Fine Arts announced it successfully raised enough money to acquire artist Dale Chihuly’s 42-foot-tall spiky, glass sculpture that now towers in the museum’s Shapiro Courtyard.

The vibrant, Kermit the Frog-colored piece has been a smash hit with visitors since it was first installed last March.

The MFA launched a fundraising campaign in July asking the public to pitch in so the Lime Green Icicle Tower could stay put in Boston.

According to a museum statement, “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.”

Fans of the tower contributed more than $1 million to the effort.

The tower, which weighs 10,000 pounds, is made of nearly 2,400 individual pieces of glass.

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This program aired on October 12, 2011. The audio for this program is not available.

Andrea Shea Twitter Senior Arts Reporter
Andrea Shea is WBUR's arts reporter.

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