Tops_Down Chandelier by Eric Charron
Tops_Down chandelier embodies the aspiration of creating form and value using subtle materials that would otherwise go unnoticed coupled with dynamic LED light sources. Originating as a way to save space in recycling bins and liberate materials from garbage heaps during the 2009 Toronto summer garbage strike, this work assigns aesthetic meaning with new domestic applications, use and rediscovery to 100% post-consumer plastic bottles that would proceed to be recycled, downcycled or land-filled.
Using an exploratory method of design and a controlled deformation of materials, Tops_Down chandelier embraces an unrestricted discovery and calculated “play” which informs and dis-forms in return. An LED light source within the fixture that can change color provides a dynamic quality to the plastic luminaries refracting light and shadows on adjacent surfaces. When the piece spins or moves with the breeze, these qualities take on a new life, turning whatever space it occupies into an aquatic-like environment.