Chihuly Sanctuary to be built inside Buffett Cancer Center
October 20th, 2015
Omaha will be home to a new art installation designed by Dale Chihuly, a pioneer of the studio glass movement
Jeff Gold, the Chancellor of the University of Nebraska Medical Center, welcomed a crowd of around 50 to the Joslyn Museum of Art Monday morning, where he quickly handed the microphone off to the man of the hourâ€”world renowned glass artist Dale Chihuly.
â€œIâ€™m so pleased and honored to be working on this exciting project,â€ Chihuly said.
That exciting project is the Chihuly Sanctuary. The art installation will be inside the Fred & Pamela Buffett Cancer Center, and feature five distinct spaces.
In a video played during Mondayâ€™s unveiling ceremony, Chihuly talked about his latest endeavor.
â€œI hope the sanctuary becomes a gathering spot and a respite for those patients who are not able to go outside and enjoy the garden,â€ Chihuly explained in the video.
He went on, â€œOne of the main installations Iâ€™m including is a fiori garden, from my Mille Fiori series, which means 1000 Flowers in Italian. The design of the building features a wavelike exterior, which is a nod to my Macchia series. Thereâ€™s also an accent of color on the exterior of the building, chartreuse, which is one of my favorite colors.â€
The Chihuly Sanctuary will be a cornerstone of the Buffett Cancer Centerâ€™s Healing Arts program, which aims to heal the human spirit by creating an atmosphere of hope and resilience. The project is being underwritten by Walter Scott, Jr. through the Suzanne & Walter Scott Foundation.
â€œNeedless to say Iâ€™m a fan, as was my wife,â€ Scott, Jr. said, â€œIf Sue were here today, I believe sheâ€™d say how excited she was to see the unique structure and unique beauty of what [Chihuly] created, and it should go a long ways towards helping with the emotional and spiritual part of the healing process.â€
The Fred & Pamela Buffett Cancer Center is scheduled to open in the Spring of 2017. The Chihuly Sanctuary will open shortly thereafter.
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