Stuart Haygarth's Found Object Chandeliers
Since the late '80s, Stuart Haygarth has been a photographer whose work involves the building and photographing of collages and assemblages using both 3D objects and 2D imagery. Starting in 2004, though, he began to transform his collection of objects into design projects. The objects are normally collected in large quantities, categorized, and assembled in a way that transforms their meaning, which he says concerns "giving banal and overlooked objects a new significance." Haygarth has created several different editions of chandeliers made from collections of things like found glass lamps, coastal debris, and prescription spectacles, which are drop-dead gorgeous, not to mention brilliantly "green."
This Tide Chandelier (sold out), for example, is composed of man-made debris that washed up on a specific stretch of Kent (England) coastline and that Haygarth had been collecting for years. The objects, which dangle on monofilament lines, are clear, translucent, and primarily made of plastic, which would otherwise be polluting British beaches. Each object is different in shape and form, yet they come together to produce one sphere, which is meant to be an analogy for the moon, which effects the tides, which in turn washes up the debris. Haygarth's chandeliers, which I suspect are astronomically priced, are not just glowing masterpieces, but an interesting perspective on how unwanted, discarded items can be grouped together to form something harmonious. You'd never suspect that a mass-produced plastic water bottle that washed up on shore could ever become limited edition. And if I were a limited edition owner of this massive light fixture, I'd surely marvel at it all day long.
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