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Recycled Bike Part Chandeliers Cast Spectacular Shadows

Ballroom Luminoso is a public art installation consisting of six sculptural chandeliers created by technologist Joe O'Connell and sculptor Blessing Hancock. Each luminous globe includes a custom designed LED light fixture encased in a spherical cage made of recycled bicycle parts that have been collected from bike co-ops from across the country. The artistic duo installed their spheres of light in a freeway underpass in San Antonio, Texas where they say it has “[rejuvenated] a forgotten space for the community.”

At night, the chandelier cycles through a range of brilliant colors and projects spectacular silhouettes of gears and sprockets over the surrounding architecture. The artists explain their design motif: “[T]he piece alludes to the neighborhood's farming roots and horticultural achievements. Each character playfully rides a bike acting as a metaphor for the neighborhood's environmental progress, its concurrent eco-restoration projects, and its developing cycling culture.”

If you like hanging lights that cast lively shadows, you might also be interested in checking out Forms in Nature, a chandelier that produces a forest of wild tree shadows.

Photo credit: Fred Gonzales
Joe O'Connell + Blessing Hancock website
via [Lustik]


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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