Ken + Julia Yonetani_Crystal Palace: The Great Exhibition of the Works of Industry of all Nuclear Nations (USA)_2012_antique chandelier frame, uranium glass beads, wire, uv light bulbs, electric component
Currently showing at the Queensland University of Technology Art Museum (QUT), Foundation's Edge: artists and technology presents artists who, rather than adhering to the intended use of technological devices, push them to realise their potential as an art medium.
Running from 15 March - 26 May 2013, the group exhibition features nine uranium chandeliers by Ken + Julia Yonetani. The chandeliers are part of the Crystal Palace: The Great Exhibition of the Works of Industry of all Nuclear Nations series, in which the glowing installation of unique chandeliers are in response to the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster of 2011.
"While we live in an electronic age, we also live in the shadow of an energy crisis. It is a given that the time will come when supply will no longer meet demand, and that the fossil fuel model of energy production is—as the term suggests—a fossil. What is left is a handful of sustainable alternatives and nuclear energy." - Foundation's Edge: artists and technology Catalogue
With a total of thirty-one chandeliers expected to be created for the series, fifteen were exhibited in a solo exhibition at Artereal Gallery in October-November 2012. To read more about the series, click here.
To learn more about the QUT exhibition and artists, click here.