Irwin and Joan Jacobs have given another gift to the community: A 9-foot glass sculpture called “The Sun” by Dale Chihuly that was unveiled Thursday night at The Salk Institute.
The Jacobs dedicated the sculpture, which they commissioned following the 2010 exhibit at the research institute. Chihuly’s works on display in the gardens and courtyard of the complex overlooking the Pacific Ocean drew more than 6,000 visitors.
The brightly colored piece of brightly colored individual glass pieces is framed by the concrete walls of the the southeast building entrance.
In a press release, Chihuly said, "When I received the Salk's invitation to exhibit there in 2010, I knew I had to put my own artwork, 'The Sun', facing the Pacific Ocean. I heard from many people that it was their favorite piece, so it was a logical starting point when I was asked to create a permanent installation."
He added that he hopes “this new artwork will serve as a touchstone of the 50th anniversary celebrations, and provide inspiration for many future achievements at the Salk Institute. For me, it is a great honor to have my art presented in this masterpiece of architecture."