Murano lights up

by Alain Chivilò


Murano and its thousand-year-old glass production. Murano illuminates the world with its works in an event promoted by The Venice Glass Week and the Municipality of Venice.

Twelve chandeliers welcome and illuminate Venetian citizens and tourists from December 2023 until February 29, 2024 in Piazza San Marco, under the porticoes of the Procuratie Vecchie.

The works and the artists:

Rezzonico Spoglio by Michael Craig-Martin with the metal structure of the iconic Venetian chandelier visible, usually hidden;

The Arnolfini Portrait (Once Removed), 2023 – Glass Chandelier, lit from one side by Cornelia Parker inspired by the six-armed chandelier depicted in Jan van Eyck’s famous painting from 1434;

Morbida Macchina Silicea by Maria Grazia Rosin, a self-sufficient chandelier with LED spotlights equipped with small solar panels;

Segmenti d’Infinito by Silvano Rubino composed of approximately 700 elements in two shades of aquamarine colour;

NextStopSaturn by Lino Tagliapietra inspired by the concepts of sustainability and renewal from both a material and intellectual point of view;

AZ by the students of the Abate Zanetti School of Murano in a minimalist and contemporary reinterpretation of the classic Rezzonico;

Siphonophera by Giorgio Vigna to the rhythm of the wind;

Il Redentore by Philip Baldwin and Monica Guggisberg through the colors and shapes of the fireworks of the famous July event;

Breakdown of a flight – Naturalistic theme dedicated to Venice by Federica Marangoni inspired by a seagull, a living actor of the lagoon city;

Embroidery of Light by Ritsue Mishima whose jagged shapes recall light;

Sunset in your pocket by Pae White made up of 72 glass ribbons that give shape to a Californian sunset;

Natures of light by Marcantonio Brandolini d’Adda in a chandelier capable of hosting a self-sufficient plant ecosystem.

The furnaces participating in the project are: Lino Tagliapietra, Barovier&Toso, Anfora, Simone Cenedese, Componenti Donà, Salviati in collaboration with Nicola Moretti, Seguso Gianni Murano with Effetre Murano, Wave Murano Glass and the ISS Abate Zanetti furnace with Vetri Speciali.


©AC, NDSL, AM, Alain Chivilo

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