Published on February 29th, 2008 | by Emma Henderson7
More is More
The Tide Chandelier was the first thing I saw, it is an extraordinary mish mash of found objects arranged in an amazingly intricate and precise way. For Stuart it is a statement about the amount of debris on our shores. Everything he used to create this chandelier was found washed up on a particular part of the Kent coastline.
The Millennium Chandelier is another narrative piece, constructed from 1000 Party Poppers collected on 01.01.00 after the millennium celebrations in London, it is a work of art so specific that it could never be exactly recreated.
Another of Stuart’s projects, ‘Shadey Family’ is made using old light shades. As Stuart puts it, “Solely each shade is not particularly eye catching but when grouped together in a unit they become harmonious and beautiful… The Chandelier reminds me of a family because each lampshade has its own character but when together they join forces and become one entity”.
Not only is he reusing old or discarded items, but by grouping them together so expertly and telling a story about why he has used them he is not just creating a new object from something old, he is making beautiful art.