How Was This Chandelier Constructed?

How Was This Chandelier Constructed?

Kyle Freeman
Jan 12, 2009

We've been poking around the world of chandeliers lately. Our bedroom lacks the playful spirit found in the rest of our apartment so we're thinking that the addition of a cheerful chandelier may do the trick. Granted the chandelier above injects a little more whimsy than we had in mind. Do you have any idea what it's made of? Hint: It's constructed of an easily accessible material and the finished product serves as a serious social commentary...

This Chandelier, made by self-taught mixed-media artist Ya Ya Chou, is made with Gummy Bears. As recovering sugar junkies, the idea of this hanging above our bed, is taunting at best and brutal at worst. But it sure is fun to look at.

Here is Chou's inspiration for the chandelier piece, as well as the gummy bear rug below: "The series of Gummi Bear sculptures originated from my concern about food safety. The bright colors and soft textures of children's snacks pose an overly romantic picture that draws my attention to the dangerous ingredients inside them. Artificial food colorings and flavorings have been proven to cause nerve damage and reproductive disorder on animals, as well as developmental problems and hyperactivity in children, yet these toxic ingredients are still used to attract (young) consumers. By constructing a household scenario with the embellished snacks, I wish to pose the questions: Who consumes these foods? Who has the choice to choose?" (Excerpt from an article by Brian Vaszily, founder of IntenseExperiences.com.)

We're inspired by Chou's ability to make something that looks so fun yet is intended to give people enormous pause.

That said, what did you think the chandelier was made of?

For more information about artist Ya Ya Chou, click here.

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