Chihuly works arrive at the Salk Institute

Crews working with internationally renowned artist Dale Chihuly’s on Thursday worked on installing more than 12 hand-blown glass sculptures against the dramatic backdrop of the Salk Institute. As the research center marks its 50th anniversary, it is hosting a number of events including “Chihuly at the Salk.” The exhibit has been extended to April 28.

“The Sun” and “White Tower” sculptures are among the largest in the exhibit, which also will feature “Niijima Floats,” large spheres — up to 40 inches in diameter and approximately 60 pounds-with surfaces richly colored in gold and silver leaf and foil— and “Chandeliers,” large hanging sculptures assembled from hundreds of colorful, tentacle-like glass components, among others.

The community is invited to tour the exhibit, although his Sunday lecture and book-signing event is sold out.

Installation tours continue Friday from 9 a.m. to noon and 2 to 5 p.m. with regular tours from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 24; 9 a.m. to noon, 2 to 6 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. April 26-28.

Tickets are $15; tours run every 15 minutes and last about an hour.

The Salk Institute for Biological Studies is at 10010 N. Torrey Pines Road in La Jolla.

For more information or to buy tickets call (858) 597-0657 or go to


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