Chihuly, which survived a hail storm this past summer, was scheduled to end its six-month run November 5, but the exhibit has been so wildly successful for the arboretum that an extension seemed all but inevitable. In a statement, chairman of the board Brian Shivers called the extension the board's "holiday gift to the city."
More than 460,000 have visited since May 5, and membership to the arboretum has grown by more than 30 percent.
Dale Chihuly's spectacular glass sculptures have brought in an expected $4.5 million in gross revenue for the arboretum, according to Cheryl Hall of the Dallas Morning News. More than that, the elaborate and colorful exhibit has gotten people excited. More than 460,000 have visited since May 5, and membership to the arboretum has grown by more than 30 percent.
"We have seen visitors from all over Texas, the country and the world," Shivers said. "The response was so great, and we were hearing that people needed more time to visit and wanted to bring family and friends during the holidays."
With this extension, the arboretum should receive a boost during a time not normally known for its foliage. In November and December, the arboretum will keep the exhibit open Monday-Wednesday, 6-9 pm, and every night from December 26-30.