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Celestial Spheres

Celestial Spheres

A crystal chandelier that graces the Emerald lobby, the VIP entrance of the MGM Cotai resort in Macau.

Measuring 4.5 metres across, the stainless steel armature is covered in over 150,000 Swarovski crystals.

The piece takes inspiration from the surrounding Imperial carpets from the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911) that hang on the nearby walls. These carpets originally come from the palace at the Forbidden City in Beijing and depict dragons, phoenixes, and flowers, symbolising the Emperor and Empress.

The chandelier is made of an inner and outer sphere. More angular shaped crystals on the outer layer represent the dragons and their protection of the realm. Rounder shaped crystals on the inside reference the idea of the floral world, paradise and the Empress.

Measuring 4.5 metres across

covered in over 150,000 Swarovski crystals

Celestial Spheres
Celestial Spheres
Celestial Spheres

Photography by Studio Tord Boontje