2012, Lexington, Kentucky

This custom designed chandelier topped the staged at the University of Kentucky College of Design's 2012 Beaux-Arts Ball. An array of steel pyramids, spun with polyester fibers, dangle from an elevated steel disk, which is artificially rusted to blend in with the surrounding ceiling. The wrapping fibers are bunched, burnt, and painted producing a thick, sullied object that hovers over an otherwise conventional stage. Copper hoses resembling the existing conduit carry electricity to a distributed web of amber LEDs, illuminating the insides of each shell. Throughout the night the lights are kept dim, deferring to the darkness of the venue and allowing Chandelier to loom as an ill-formed silhouette.

Project team: Adam Fure, Maja Mrdalj, Aaron Willette

Photos: Michael Haas