The world’s largest hand-cut paper chandelier, the handiwork of 8000 children from India, is on its way to hogging the limelight in London.
Called ‘The Light’, the objet d’art is 85 feet in length and 11 metres in width, has 3000 paper panels, and covers 28,000 sq ft in surface area. It took ten months to create the inverted pyramid shaped installation.
“The chandelier was made to represent the image of India in a way of design. We decided to take panels from children’s used copybooks, which had writings in different languages, and paintings. We wanted to cover as many children as possible, and that led to the conceptualisation of this massive structure,” say Sanjib Chatterjee and Anjalee Wakankar of Kaaru, the Indian design consultancy commissioned to create the concept. The artwork also involves the effort of Saanjhi artists from Mathura, known for their paper-art skills.
‘The Light’ will be exhibited at a fund-raising auction to be organised by Pratham UK, a non-governmental organisation, on September 11 at the Old Billingsgate Market in London. The chandelier has already been shipped in pieces to UK, and will be assembled at the venue itself.