Breath of Light

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The Story of the Light

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The Story of the Light 2

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The Story of the Light

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An Organic Form


In order to create the rounded spiral, we manufactured a steel frame that we shaped into the organic form we wanted. This presented some exceptionally difficult mathematical and geometric challenges, however, since the pyramids in each row of the frame required different ratios.

 

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Calculating the Elements


To ensure that the pyramids fit the spiral frame, we used a special mathematical formula to calculate the specific ratio for each pyramid. Our designers then sketched the entire layout and labeled each element with its size, color and pattern.

 

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Hand-cut Glass


The entire light is made up of more than two thousand individual glass pyramids of different size and color, with each pyramid consisting of three hand-cut and patterned opal glass triangles. Handcrafting all the pyramids ultimately required more than three months of work.

 

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The Tiffany Technique


In order to create each pyramid and connect it to the steel frame, each piece of glass needed to be edged with copper foil and soldered by hand to the frame using tin in the same manner jewelers use what is known as the Tiffany technique. In total we used four hundred twenty kilos of tin.

 

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A Massive Undertaking


Despite having a huge facility of our own, the light was so large that in order to assemble and finish it we had no option but to remove the roof on one of our factories and install a construction crane to support the full weight of the light.

 

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Lightening the Load

Once finished, we were faced with a new challenge: reducing its four and a half ton weight to two and a half tons so it could be safely attached to the glass dome in the hotel’s lobby. Since it was in no way possible to save weight by compromising on the glass, our only option was to modify the steel frame. Our solution was to perforate the frame with small holes, which would maintain the integrity of the frame while saving us two tons of weight.