Designed and handmade Chandelier for a private client who wanted an uplifting piece that caught the eye and stimulated conversation. They wanted a custom design to include references to feminism and postmodern design.
Here's a description, the profile of the red central form and where it adjoins to the ceiling is a familiar feminist symbol. There's the idea that light as in creation comes out from here in all directions and in many 'colours' is represented by the coloured perspex discs.
The material for the two central elements and where it adjoins the ceiling is gilding metal hand formed and silver soldered with a bright chrome finish. They are held in place with jeweled screws. The central suspended units are fitted with neoprene between the metal and perspex and are held in place by their own weight.
Where the chromed metal form adjoins the ceiling it is held in place at the top of the stainless steel cables by stainless steel screws with spherical heads inlaid with turquoise cabochons that tighten onto the cables from which the fitting hangs. Under this the stainless steel cables are fixed to a 1/8" steel plate bolted to the ceiling and are adjustable so the height of the fitting can be varied.
The lamp holders are acrylic standard lamp fittings modified to locate into the end of the flexi-tubes and to accommodate the perspex discs which screw onto them. The flexi-tubes terminate in a threaded rebate and are bolted on the inside to the central metal forms.
The 10 lamps are 12 volt 20 watt tungsten halogen. The transformer for them is located behind the ceiling fitting. They are on two circuits with four lamps above the red perspex plane and six on another circuit below. Each circuit is separately switchable and dimmable.
It was handmade hanging from the workshop ceiling and extremely difficult to handle and almost impossible to move but it hangs perfectly.
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