Credit © Studio Bouroullec
Two extraordinary, award-winning lighting designers were honored last month after winning a competition to create a permanent mobile artwork to adorn and illuminate the grand Gabriel Staircase, built in 1772 at the Palace of Versailles. Nadja Swarovski and the Château’s president, Catherine Pégard, hosted the celebratory dinner at the Palace’s Galerie Des Batailles to mark siblings Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec’s magnificent achievement.
Their breathtaking creative vision is the majestic Gabriel Chandelier, a scintillating focal point suspended above the staircase leading to the royal chambers. This gravity-defying, 12 meter-high piece consists of three sweeping, interlaced strands of clear crystals, hung in looping arcs that recall creeping vines. Eight hundred pieces of Swarovski crystal were used, inside of each an enclosed block containing an LED. The overall effect is a magical, diffuse glow that subtly enriches the historic surroundings without any obvious light source.
Futuristic and delicate, it chimes gracefully with the grandeur and opulence of the atmospheric location. Bravo to the Bouroullec brothers!