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You may not recognize the name, but you likely have seen pictures of the artist's spectacular glass work. Arts Specialist Carole Mikita reports on the exhibit being installed at Abravanel Hall.

Glass sculptor Dale Chihuly of Seattle is one of the artists chosen to exhibit in the Cultural Olympiad.

Chihuly is considered one of the world's great artists. He has been honored as America's first National Living Treasure. His arts is both revolutionary and a link to the past, and now it has come to Salt Lake City.

Voice of: Dale Chihuly, glass artist: "WE USE THE SAME TOOLS AS THEY USED 2,000 YEARS AGO, WHEN THEY STARTED GLASS BLOWING. THE HEAT AND THE FIRE, THE GRAVITY, CENTRIFIGAL FORCE... THE MOST NATURAL THINGS THAT I POSSIBLY CAN."

Heat and sand, just the right combination, and temperature make glass. But that doesn't begin to describe what artist Dale Chihuly and his team do.

"WHAT OTHER MATERIAL CAN YOU REALLY BLOW HUMAN BREATH INTO AND MAKE A FORM?"

His pieces are light, sculpture, architecture - all in one. From the huge and spectacular to the whimsical, his art is unique.

Dale Chihuly, glass artist: "WHEN I WAS ABOUT 20 YEARS OLD, WHEN I WAS IN THE UNIVERSITY OF WASHINGTON TAKING A DEGREE IN INTERIOR ARCHITECTURE, I STARTED MELTLING LITTLE BITS OF GLASS IN AN OVEN IN A LITTLE STUDIO THAT I HAD. AND FROM THAT POINT ON, I WANTED TO BE A GLASS BLOWER."

Chihuly art is everywhere, from the canals of Venice to the vineyards of the Napa Valley.

And the most ambitious installation, the most incredible backdrop for his work, the Citadel or Tower of David with its ancients stones. Chihuly called it an experiment, an exhibit in which the structure was an important as the art.

And that is the reason he was chosen from among the artists of the world to bring his works to Salt Lake City for an exhibit called "Chihuly 2002".

The glass and art exhibit opens at the Salt Lake Art Center Jan. 25th and will be here through March 17th. Tickets are $10. For exhibit times, and to order tickets, go to saltlake2002.com and click on Tickets, "Olympic Arts Festival." We'll bring you some of the set-up and installation in the next week or so.