In 2004 the garden’s first exhibit of Chihuly’s work doubled its annual attendance, and the 2016 exhibit also drew record crowds.
Other works by Chihuly that have become part of the garden’s permanent collection include a blue and white sculpture in the Levy Parterre fountain and the “Nepenthes Chandelier.”
"We are thrilled to announce this beautiful piece of art will join other sculptures by Dale Chihuly in the Garden as a legacy to his wonderful exhibitions presented here," said Mary Pat Matheson, the Garden's president and CEO, in a statement.
The Chihuly work will complement one of the Botanical Garden's most popular yearly events, "Garden Nights, Holiday Lights," the garden's Christmas-season light show that runs through Jan. 6.
Cold weather slows down the plant life at the garden, but these winter-time attractions keep the visitors coming.
This year daytime visitors to the garden will also see another new addition to the garden's artwork, an installation from Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama, whose "Infinity Mirrors" show at the nearby High Museum of Art has also drawn record audiences.
The Kusama installation, on loan to the Atlanta Botanical Garden, is called “Narcissus Garden.” It consists of 1,400 highly-polished stainless steel spheres that spill over the ground in a section of the Storza Woods.
The spheres, each about 12 inches in diameter, mirror the changing leaves of the woods around them. The installation was originally created by Kusama in 1966, when she first presented it at the Venice Biennale.
"Garden Nights, Holiday Lights," runs 5-11 p.m., Nov. 17 – Jan. 6. Tickets range from $14.95 to $39.95, and are available at the Botanical Garden ticket booth, or online at atlantabg.org, or by phone at 404-585-2060.