Photo gallery: Chihuly Collection moves to new location, reopening October 2016
The Chihuly Collection will reopen in its new location at 720 Central Ave. on Oct. 15, said executive director Andy Schlauch, after the galleries on Beach Drive closed Sunday.
The collection of spectacular vessels and sculptures by Dale Chihuly, the most famous glass artist in the world, will now occupy 11,000 square feet of indoor space, plus 4,000 square feet of outdoor space for parties and events such as weddings. Next door will be a Publix supermarket and above will be three parking decks.
A team from Seattle, where Chihuly's studio is located, is dismantling and packing the vessels and sculptures. The process includes taking apart hundreds of vibrantly colored glass pieces that make up the large, intricate sculptures and will take about two weeks.