USA chandelier by Julia + Ken Yonetani

The chandelier is part of an installation created in response to the 2011 Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster. There are 31 chandeliers in the installation, each representing a country with nuclear power stations. Their sizes correspond to the nuclear capacity in that country, with the USA chandelier being the largest. All chandeliers are densely covered with specially sourced uranium glass beads and feature uranium glass crystal pendants. When lit in darkness, the ultraviolet light tubes react w...

Summary

2016/30/1
A two-tier, 36-arm chandelier constructed from purpose-made undulating copper frames lined with uranium cream-yellow glass veneers and holding clear glass sconces, set with 36 dark-blue ultraviolet light tubes in black sockets. All arms, sconces and central armature are densely coated (glued) with masses of small uranium glass beads arranged in rows and have suspended flexible festoons made from crystal beads and pendants threaded on thin metal wires. There is one extra light tube in the object's centre. When connected to electricity source, the 37 ultraviolet light bulbs create a fluorescent green effect with the cream-yellow glass beads to represent radiation.

Dimensions

1600 mm
2000 mm

Source

Purchased with funds donated through the annual appeal and from the Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences Foundation, 2016

Cite this Object

USA chandelier by Julia + Ken Yonetani 2016, Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, accessed 24 March 2017, <https://ma.as/539715>
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