Friday, October 7, 2011
While looking through the New York Times style magazine, T, I came across this chandelier designed by Ingo Maurer, a German lighting designer. It was made for the dining room in a 19th century apartment in Munich. It is a twelve foot tall mass of sponges, LEDs, and hand made and colored insects, lizards, and other little creatures. Maurer worked in collaboration with a few artists to accomplish his vision, including a California artist/photographer, Graham Owens. I investigated him further and found he specializes in making super realistic replicas of insects and insect behavior. His site is worth checking out, his realism is amazing! http://www.grahamowengallery.com/index.html
Also, the article on Maurer's Biotope chandelier is interesting, and the online version of the article has great photos/closeups and a feature where you can super zoom on its surface to look for the hidden insects that live there.