The Gabriel Chandelier is the first ever permanent contemporary art piece to be installed at the Palace of Versailles in France: designed by Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec, the chandelier is a result of 3 years of research and development by the duo, in collaboration with Swarovski.
From November 2013, the chandelier will illuminate the grand Gabriel staircase at the main entrance of the Palace and the King’s Grands Appartements.
The looping chord of illuminated Swarovski crystals uses its natural weight and gravity to shape the chandelier, giving a natural flow to the lighting and a continuously different visual as you go up the staircase.
"Because it is effectively the number of pieces of crystal which make it up, the weight and the length determine this form rather than a curve which we would have drawn."
Weighing half a tonne, and comprising of 800 Swarovski crystal pieces and 3000 kelvin LED technology, this lighting establishes a link between the past, when traditional ceremonial rooms were illuminated by crystal chandeliers, and present, with the use of the latest LED technology.
Images © Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec