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V&A Rotunda Chandelier

  • Object:

    Chandelier

  • Place of origin:

    Seattle (made)

  • Date:

    2001 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Chihuly, Dale (designed and made by)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Blown glass, mould-blown glass, steel

  • Credit Line:

    On loan from Chihuly Studio, Seattle, Washington, USA

  • Museum number:

    LOAN:CHIHULY.1-1999

  • Gallery location:

    Grand Entrance, Room 49, case CEILING

  • Public access description

    The V&A Rotunda Chandelier, created in 2001, is one of a number of works from Chihuly's 'Chandelier' series begun in 1992. Chihuly works extravagantly in richly-coloured blown glass, drawing on the historic techniques of the Murano glassworks in Venice. He was initially intrigued by the space-changing potential of the chandelier form, and has succeeded in massing colour, shade and light alongside a driving sense of movement.

    Made by Chihuly and his studio team in Seattle, Washington State, USA, each separate glass element of the V&A Rotunda Chandelier was either free-blown, or was mould-blown into ribbed moulds. Each element is coated inside with polyurethane adhesive and was tied on individually with stainless steel wire to an armature welded from steel rod. A team of six started wiring on from bottom to top and took over five days to complete the work.

  • Physical description

    1300 blue and green blown and mould-blown glass elements wired to a steel armature.

  • Dimensions

    Height: 27 ft, Width: 12 ft greatest width, Weight: 3800 lb including chain and armature

  • Historical context note

    This sculpture is one of a number of works entitled 'Chandelier', a series which Chihuly began in 1992.

  • Descriptive line

    V&A Rotunda Chandelier. Blue and green blown glass, Dale Chihuly, Seattle, USA, 2001

  • Collection code

    Ceramics Collection