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Chihuly’s Sun Shines Anew at the MMFA

A favourite in the hearts of Montrealers, The Sun(2013) by artist Dale Chihuly stands radiant once again on the steps of the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts’ (MMFA) Michal and Renata Hornstein Pavilion. This is the seventh year that The Sun is brightening the downtown Montreal landscape. The spectacular glass sculpture composed of over 1,300 rays of blown glass has become the symbol of summer’s arrival. No less, the Museum’s cherished urban honeybees are also back! From the two Alvéole beehives installed on the outdoor terrace on the 2nd floor of the Michal and Renata Hornstein Pavilion, they will toil all summer long, keeping the neighbourhood in bloom.

About Dale Chihuly’s Sun

  • TheSun is made up of 1,347 rays of blown glass.
  • It is about 5 m in diameter.
  • It requires 12 employees to assemble.
  • It takes 5 days to install.
  • Its total weight is 2,100 kg.
  • The rays comprise all three primary colours – two shades of yellow mixed in with several tendrils of blue and red.
  • When dismantled for winter, 134 boxes are needed to contain all the sculpture’s components.

Photo MMFA, Christine Guest