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Chandelier

Claude Zervas

Brightwater

A rococo-inspired sculpture imitates the shapes and movements of primitive life forms.

Claude Zervas. Chandelier, 2011. Wood, thermoformed plastic, LEDs, custom software and electronics. Brightwater, Woodinville, WA. King County Public Art Collection. Photo: Joe Freeman

While researching the design for this piece, Claude Zervas observed similarities between Brightwater’s native plantings and bacterial morphology, both of which recall baroque, rococo shapes—and ultimately inspired the classic 18th-century decorative motifs of his light-based sculpture. The wooden frames in the work are made from scraps of the recycled fir and paralam beams used throughout the Education and Community Center building. Inside each of them, computer-controlled LED lighting simulates the kinetic action of simple marine life, such as rotifers, diatoms, and algae.
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Claude Zervas. Chandelier, 2011. Wood, thermoformed plastic, LEDs, custom software and electronics. Brightwater, Woodinville, WA. King County Public Art Collection. Photo: Joe Freeman
Claude Zervas. Chandelier, 2011. Wood, thermoformed plastic, LEDs, custom software and electronics. Brightwater, Woodinville, WA. King County Public Art Collection. Photo: Joe Freeman
Claude Zervas. Chandelier, 2011. Wood, thermoformed plastic, LEDs, custom software and electronics. Brightwater, Woodinville, WA. King County Public Art Collection. Photo: Joe Freeman

About the Location

Brightwater

Science, art, design, and ecology come together at Brightwater, one of the largest wastewater treatment facilities in the world. Located north of Woodinville, WA, Brightwater comprises a park, a community gathering space, an exhibition hall, and a scientific learning laboratory in addition to the structures that house technical operations. Throughout the site, integrated and portable…

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