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British artist Luke Jerram is known for his stunning art installations, which are often inspired by science. . Living in the UK but working internationally since his career began in 1997, Jerram has created a number of extraordinary art projects which have excited and inspired people around the globe. . He studies the qualities of space and perception in extreme locations, from the freezing forests of lapland to the sand dunes of the Sahara desert. New ways of seeing and new artworks emerge from these research field trips. Works such as ‘Retinal Memory Volume’, Sky Orchestra and his Glass Microbiology have emerged from Jerram exploring the edges of perception.

Luke’s fascination with science, light and optics is rooted in the fact he is colorblind.

One of his most successful works is the world’s largest solar chandelier. It was created using glass radiometers rather than traditional light bulbs. As the sun hits each radiometer, it begins to turn, speeding up and slowing down as the light changes. Creating a delicate clicking noise as they go, glimmering and reflecting light off the walls and creating flickering shadows around the room. The overall effect is a shimmering, gently moving piece of artwork.

This beautiful interaction with the rest of the room makes these impressive chandeliers hard to ignore as they embody a vibrant presence.

 Composed of 665 glass bulbs activated by sunlight, with 5 meters tall.

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More reasons to love Luke Jerram’s Kinetic Solar-powered Chandeliers:

– The Earth receives more energy from the sun in an hour than is used in the entire world in one year

– It would take only around 0.3 per cent of the world’s land area to supply all of our electricity needs via solar power….

 

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“For many years after the invention of the radiometer, a fierce debate raged about how they worked and it was many years before it was fully explained. they are still beautiful, inspiring and thought provoking…in a way, the chandelier couldn’t really be anywhere else but bristol and bath science park, a place built to solve scientific riddles and to lead to innovation.”

 

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“Scientists and artists have to take a leap from what can be observed into what is unknown. It’s important to explore these boundaries and limitations.”

 

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