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.
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! http://www.kenandjuliayonetani.com/crystal_palace.html