New permanent glass and steel exhibit opening at Knoxville Museu

New permanent glass and steel exhibit opening at Knoxville Museum of Art

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Artist Richard Jolley was commissioned for the piece called "Cycle of Life," which is 100 feet long and installed 12 feet high, on the ceiling of the museum's newly refurbished Ann and Steve Bailey Hall. Artist Richard Jolley was commissioned for the piece called "Cycle of Life," which is 100 feet long and installed 12 feet high, on the ceiling of the museum's newly refurbished Ann and Steve Bailey Hall.
KNOXVILLE (WATE) - An internationally recognized glass artist is unveiling a new permanent exhibit at the Knoxville Museum of Art.

Artist Richard Jolley was commissioned for the piece called "Cycle of Life," which is 100 feet long and installed 12 feet high, on the ceiling of the museum's newly refurbished Ann and Steve Bailey Hall.

The exhibit took five years to create and eight months to install. It is the world's largest glass and steel art installation.

The piece is expected to draw visitors to Knoxville from all over the region.

"I think this is something people will come to Knoxville just to see, and when they do, they'll see there's a rich and interesting collection in the rest of the museum -  interesting exhibitions, a beautiful building.," said Executive Director David Butler.

The official debut of the exhibit is Sunday, May 4, but there are several events leading up to the debut.

The Glass Blast Street Party is Friday evening from 5 p.m. until 9 p.m. Tickets are $20 per person.

There's also a Glass Fest Family Fun Day on Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. with music, dancing, food and of course, lots of beautiful art. The event is free and open to the public.

The Glass Fest Luncheon Friday and the Glass Ball Gala Saturday night are both sold out.

More online: Glassfest 2014
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