C(h)anadalier

Words:
Jan-Carlos Kucharek

We’ve clearly moved on from the South Park movie’s ‘Blame Canada’ song, where all the world’s troubles are placed on the shoulders of the USA’s Royalist neighbour. The Canadian High Commission in London sure has, with  57:157 – a stunning futuristic glass chandelier installed in its new, refurbished interiors, designed by Vancouver and Berlin based designer Omer Arbel and his multi-disciplinary design company Bocci. Each of bulbous handmade glass forms is one-way mirror-coated to create a reflecting form that responds to the ambient light in its 1829 stairwell – until it is illuminated, when it glows eerily from within. The result is a beguiling installation that, like the movie, is ‘Bigger, Longer and Uncut’ –in all the right ways.


 

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