How do you move a 2,400-piece glass sculpture across the country?

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March 18, 2011, 8:02 am
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(NECN: Tom Langford) - His work is known and seen around the world. We're talking about Dale Chihuly, who's amazing glass work has stunned millions, and now his art coming to Boston!

The glass tower arrived from Seattle, packed in dozens of boxes, enough to fill an tractor trailer truck. Once in Boston, the icicles are unpacked and hoisted up to two studio assistants.

They very carefully place each of the 2,400 pieces onto a metal frame. They're trying not to break anything as curious museum visitors gaze on.

In fact, Dale Chihully's studio has shipped and assembled glass art around the world. But not many projects are as big as this one, standing 42 feet high and weighing 10,000 pounds.

Visitors seem enchanted by the piece and its assembly, and it seems everyone has the same question: are the pieces numbered?

The answer: not really.

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Tags: Boston, Art, glass, Tom Langford, Museum of Fine Arts, Dale Chihuly
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