‘TIDE’ chandelier

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  • Literature

    Design Contre Design, exh. cat., Galeries nationales du Grand Palais, Paris, 2007, p. 319; Libby Sellers, Why What How: Collecting Design in a Contemporary Market, London, 2010, p. 101

  • Catalogue Essay

    Stuart Haygarth’s ‘TIDE’ chandelier is constructed of
    discarded desiderata, items of mass consumption now waste,
    exhausted of their utilitarian value, only to arrive on the
    coastline of Europe. These ersatz objects have been washed
    up by the tides, then collected and archived by the artist. The
    amassing of this debris is a work in progress and will continue
    to be an abundant source of material so long as this mass
    consumption becomes superfluous and ends up in our oceans.
    However familiar the items in the chandelier may appear, they
    have all in fact been stripped of their logos and branding. All
    such signifiers have been drowned at sea, leaving the bare
    objects to be a collection of signs that can induce nostalgia or
    perplexity.

    The light within the chandelier is suspended like a celestial
    body holding its space debris in orbit. When the light radiates
    through this sphere of man-made ocean detritus it refracts as
    divinely as crystal. This merging of flotsam and jetsam into an
    art work creates a new light, the beauty of which illuminates
    the scale and the fragility of our oceans. As Arthur C Clarke
    wrote, “How inappropriate to call this planet earth when it is
    quite clearly Ocean”.

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‘TIDE’ chandelier

2004
Sourced objects, monofilament line, painted MDF.
210 cm (82 5/8 in) drop, 150 cm (59 in) diameter
From the edition of ten.

Estimate
£20,000 - 30,000 

Design

27 September 2011
London