Nuclear Crystal Palace… Uranium Glass Chandeliers

So I was looking for some nice examples of so-called Depression Glass (cheap glassware that became popular during the Great Depression, often tinted green with low quantities of uranium) to feature here, when I came across the artwork of Ken and Julia Yonetani. Their “Crystal Palace” is an installation of 31 chandeliers, made almost entirely out of uranium glass. This glass doesn’t contain enough radioactive material to be dangerous, but it does have the funny property to glow up under blacklight… Set in a dark room and lit with strategically placed UV bulbs, the chandeliers make for an eerie sight.

Uranium6 Uranium5 Uranium2 Uranium4

Of course there is an environmentalist message connected to the installation (it’s a response to the Fukushima disaster) but I’m featuring it just because it looks freaking awesome. I want one!

About quantumphysica

My name is QuantumPhysica The Insane, but you can call me QP. I am insane, admitted to a mental hospital in Belgium, and waiting for a decent diagnosis at the moment. Once I was a physics student with goals in life and what more; now I'm simply the patient of Room 93. Ever wondered what life is like in the psychiatric ward? I'll tell you everything you ever wanted to know... I am... particularly twitchy of personality. But I also am genuinely interested in everything. There is nothing that doesn't interest me, really. Everything, from quantum computers to fashion and cars to traveling... I also give advice. On anything. No taboos whatsoever. And I make lists of things...
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