‘USA’ chandelier by Julia + Ken Yonetani

Made 2013

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

Object No.

2016/30/1

Physical Description

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.

Marks

none

Dimensions

Height

2000 mm

Width

1600 mm

History

Notes

The chandelier was displayed in several exhibitions since the inaugural installation of the entire group at the Singapore Biennale in 2013. The latest showing was at the National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, 2016.

Source

Credit Line

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

Acquisition Date

31 August 2016

Cite this Object

Harvard

'USA' chandelier by Julia + Ken Yonetani 2018, Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, accessed 18 June 2018, <https://ma.as/539715>

Wikipedia

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