The original prototype is made from exactly 1000 exploded party poppers collected on 01.01.00 the morning after the Millennium celebrations in London. On this morning the Southbank was littered with champagne bottles and flowered with colourful plastic party popper containers. These items had all been exploded at the same special moment in order to welcome the Millennium with an explosion of confetti. These fragments or relics have an historic significance that I wanted to preserve and celebrate. The original Millennium chandelier is an archive of 1000 explosions from this global celebration.
This prototype piece is unique due to this special narrative, but the Millennium is recreated using new party poppers. When the body of the chandelier is touched by a breeze the work takes on an organic form which sways until it reforms to create its original diamond shape.
About Stuart Haygarth
Creating order and symmetry out of randomness and waste, Stuart Haygarth’s evocative, jewel-like light designs are as much about the process of collecting and collating discarded materials as they are about the elevation of these materials to objects of value or beauty. Inspired by American sculptor Tom Friedman’s meticulous assemblages of common or unusual objects, Haygarth makes vitrines and chandeliers from a wide array of materials, ranging from eyeglasses to items that wash up on the English coastline, constructing narratives about time, waste, loss, abandonment, and modernity. Haygarth is also attuned to how light itself is dispersed by his chosen materials, as seen in the Millenium Chandelier (2005), where he arranged 1,000 exploded firecrackers from New Year’s celebrations into a colorful, diamond-shaped chandelier.
British, b. 1966, Whalley, Lancashire, United Kingdom