27 May '11, 2pm
What a spectacular chandelier! - Biomimetic Chandelier of 500 Photovoltaic Butterflies by Jeroen Verhoeven
We've seen chandeliers made from recycled bicycle parts and cultured crystal , but this imaginative take on fusing lighting and renewable energy generation must be the ultimate in solar-powered gadgets . Taking its biomimetic cue from real-life butterflies that use their wings to gather vital solar energy, this spectacular chandelier is made from 500 butterfly-shaped blue cesium photovoltaic cells, which in turn self-powers a large, hand-blown glass bulb in the center. Dubbed "Virtue of Blue," it's designed by Dutch artist-designer Jeroen Verhoeven and masterfully blends ecological design with art and functionalism.