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Ai Weiwei’s Spectacular Crystal Cube Chandelier

Renowned artist Ai Weiwei has dazzled us in the past with his eye-catching works of art and this piece titled Cube Light, first introduced in 2008, is no exception. The massive structure is, essentially, a chandelier affixed with thousands of crystals. Illuminated from within, the cube emits a sparkling array of light that's bound to draw the gaze of any passerby. The artist's intention with the contemporary piece is to accentuate the overly luxurious lifestyles that are praised and pined after, especially in western culture. It is a physical representation of an overabundance of opulence. After all, who needs a chandelier if it takes up the entire room?

As part of Ai's According to What? exhibition, Cube Light is currently on display at the Hirshhorn Museum through February 24, 2013.

via [My Amp Goes to 11, Tokyowing]


Pinar Noorata is the Managing Editor at My Modern Met. She is a writer, editor, and content creator based in Brooklyn, NY. She earned her BA in Film and Media Studies from CUNY Hunter College and is an alumni of the Center for Arts Education’s Career Development Program in NYC. She has worked at major TV, film, and publishing companies as well as other independent media businesses. When she isn’t writing, editing, or creating videos herself, Pinar enjoys watching movies, reading, crafting, drawing, and volunteering at her local animal shelter.
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