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Chandelier - V&A Rotunda Chandelier

V&A Rotunda Chandelier

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    Seattle (made)

  • Date:

    2001 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Chihuly, Dale, born 1941 (designed and made by)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Blown glass, mould-blown glass, steel

  • Credit Line:

    On loan from Chihuly Studio, Seattle, Washington, USA

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Cromwell Road Entrance, case CEILING

The V&A Rotunda Chandelier, created in 2001, is one of a number of works from Chihuly's 'Chandelier' series begun in 1992. Chihuly works extravagantly in richly-coloured blown glass, drawing on the historic techniques of the Murano glassworks in Venice. He was initially intrigued by the space-changing potential of the chandelier form, and has succeeded in massing colour, shade and light alongside a driving sense of movement.

Made by Chihuly and his studio team in Seattle, Washington State, USA, each separate glass element of the V&A Rotunda Chandelier was either free-blown, or was mould-blown into ribbed moulds. Each element is coated inside with polyurethane adhesive and was tied on individually with stainless steel wire to an armature welded from steel rod. A team of six started wiring on from bottom to top and took over five days to complete the work.

Physical description

Over 1400 blue and green blown and mould-blown glass elements wired to a steel armature.

Place of Origin

Seattle (made)


2001 (made)


Chihuly, Dale, born 1941 (designed and made by)

Materials and Techniques

Blown glass, mould-blown glass, steel


Height: 27 ft, Width: 12 ft greatest width, Weight: 3800 lb including chain and armature

Historical context note

This sculpture is one of a number of works entitled 'Chandelier', a series which Chihuly began in 1992.

Descriptive line

V&A Rotunda Chandelier. Blue and green blown glass, Dale Chihuly, Seattle, USA, 2001

Production Note

Designed by Dale Chihuly and made under his direction by the Chihuly Studio. An earlier version 'Ice Blue and Spring Green' was originally installed in the Grand Entrance of the V&A in 1999. This was modified and enlarge in 2001 to form the present V&A Rotunda Chandelier.


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