In difficult economic times such as these, it is heartening to see that there are still some people who just don’t give a damn:
The world’s largest chandelier is being installed in a new office building on Doha’s Corniche, it has been reported.
I think we’ve just found the apotheosis of ‘bling’. I love the fact that it’s in an office building, and that the designer’s name is ‘Beau’.
Measuring some 38.5 metres long and 12.5 metres wide, the Reflective Flow chandelier is much larger in size than the one in the Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque in Oman, which is said to be the world’s biggest.
The Qatari capital’s chandelier will weigh 20,000kg once completed, the Gulf Times reported on Wednesday.
According to its designer, Beau McClellan, despite its size the chandelier will only use the power of about 70 standard light bulbs when fully lit due to its use of 55,000 energy-saving LEDs.
“The chandelier will react to a person’s mood as they enter the building and display a subliminal moon effect … or lava, or a lightning bolt. If there are more people, there is more content,” she told the paper.
Wow – a mind-reading chandelier. I could be wrong, but I’d imagine the mood of most people when they enter the building and see the object in question will be a curious mixture of shock, bewilderment and revulsion.
I can’t wait to see what subliminal lava looks like.
The chandelier is also made up of 2,300 crystals, each covered in glass with a special reflective coating to reflect light, colour and movement.
“When light is introduced behind the glass frames, the unique coating becomes either fully- or semi-transparent, allowing the sculpture to transform into an incredible ever-changing light piece,” McClellan said.
The building is set to open in April 2010.