Monday, September 27, 2010

Surprising Chandeliers from Bicycles



Carolina Fontoura Alzaga makes chandeliers out of recycled bicycle parts. These are not just your run of the mill recycled lighting (although we love those too!). These are grand statements fit for your entry hall or ballroom. I love how they mimic the look of traditional crystal chandeliers, but with a lot more edge.


From her artist's statement:

This body of work draws inspiration from Victorian chandeliers, DIY and bike culture, and the use of unartistic materials....

These subversive objects challenge the aesthetics of wealth by visually contrasting the classic elegance of the candelabrum with the newfound elegance of discarded, mechanical bicycle parts.


Don't have a ballroom or a grand staircase? How about some smaller scale sconces for a hallway?

Carolina emailed me, but I had already seen her work thanks to a feature on Treehugger that Michael pointed out to me.

8 comments:

ooglebloops said...

These are gorgeous!!!!!!

Juju at Tales of Whimsy.com said...

Opulent but lovely :)

Larry Ruhl said...

These are really incredible.

Mr. said...

This is positively sublime! Thanks for sharing!

tammyO. said...

really beautiful...they must be heavy!

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colinatbloggomize said...

wow what a great post. Really cool looking chandeliers

Vaibhav said...

Well done – it makes a nice change to read something that makes sense. Pleasing on the eye too. You have a real nice site! bicycle parts

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