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DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) - A unique art exhibit is opening this weekend at the Dallas Arboretum, giving North Texans one more reason to visit the garden this summer. The famed works of glass blower Dale Chihuly will be on display starting Saturday, and the exhibit features a large variety of intricate sculptures.

“We have over two dozen installations throughout the 66-acre garden,” said Cris Emrich with the Dallas Arboretum. “They’re all absolutely beautiful beyond our wildest imaginations.”

One of the most impressive pieces is a work called ‘The Sun,’ which is made from 1,220 separate parts that had to be reconstructed by hand when it arrived in Dallas. “All of the installations came in five 23-foot trailers,” Emrich explained.

>>SLIDESHOW: Chihuly At The Dallas Arboretum<<

Despite being made of glass, and on display outside, Emrich insists that the artwork can withstand the ever-changing North Texas weather. “They are very, very sturdy,” she said. “They have been all over the country — this is the 11th garden installation. They have survived earthquakes and tornadoes and hail storms — very sturdy stuff.”

The exhibit starts on May 5 and runs through November 5. The garden’s regular hours are 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. daily, but the Dallas Arboretum is hosting Chihuly Nights from 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. This provides an opportunity to see the illuminated artwork in the darkened nighttime hours, with accompanying concerts on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

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