Suspended high in the museum’s atrium, Amber Luster Chandelier is representative of Dale Chihuly’s finest work, evoking floral and other organic forms. John F. Hughes ’50 commissioned the 17-foot work specifically for the site.
Without relying on an internal light source, the sculptor’s multihued, curbed and ribbed components capture and magnify the light from its surroundings to create a lustrous glow. Constructed of more than 600 pieces of individually blown glass and weighing an excess of 2,000 pounds, Amber Luster Chandelier is one of the most distinctive examples of Chihuly’s large-scale work.
The Jule is extremely grateful for the legacy of John F. Hughes ’50 and his family. Those who wish to make a gift in his memory will invest in ongoing conservation and museum programming.