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The MFA Will Keep Its Lime Green Icicle Tower

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(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.


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

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



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