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Virtue of Blue

Posted on April 16, 2012

Powered by its own solar energy.
A chandelier which playfully explores an economy of light through innovative materials.

The piece is intrinsically self-sustaining as it absorbs the energy of daylight to fuel its own illumination.
More than five hundred cells have been cut into the shapes of four different breeds of butterfly and these seem to flutter around a central flame-like handblown glass bulb, their iridescent wings glinting in the light.

The semiotics of this design are highly significant as the butterflies become signifiers of the
light’s self-sufficiency.
Physically, these insects also power their own bodies, using their wings to absorb the sun rays, in turn raising and sustaining their own body temperatures to that which is necessary for their survival.

Virtue of Blue for DEMAKERSVAN Dutch Design House
Project exhibited at Blain | Southern