British artist Luke Jerram is known for his stunning art installations, which are often inspired by science. His latest project, unveiled yesterday at the Bristol and Bath Science Park, is the world’s largest solar chandelier! The 16.5-foot-tall chandelier is made of 665 glass bulbs that spin when exposed to light – hit the jump to see a video of it in motion.
The chandelier was created using glass radiometers rather than traditional light bulbs. As the sun hits each radiometer, it begins to turn, speeding up and slowing down as the light changes. The overall effect is a shimmering, gently moving piece of artwork. At night, it is lit up using electric light. “’For many years after the invention of the radiometer, a fierce debate raged about how they worked and it was many years before it was fully explained. They are still beautiful, inspiring and thought provoking,” says Jerram in the Daily Mail.
Luke Jerram’s fascination with science and light is rooted in the fact that he is colorblind. Similar, albeit smaller chandeliers have also been seen at the Heller Gallery in New York City and the Weizmann Institute in Tel Aviv. Jerram’s other work includes a live installation called “Play Me, I’m Yours,” in which pianos are placed in cities throughout the world with only the instructions “play me.”
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Via Daily Mail