The chandelier's clusters refer to six different aspects of biodiversity:
- how plants eat
- how plants drink
- how plants produce energy
- how plants protect themselves
- how plants reproduce
- the interdependency between plants, animals and microbes.
Insights from the artist
Celine Holman, Eden’s senior exhibit designer maker and creator of the chandelier, says: ‘It was combination of our own Rainforest Biome and ancient artefacts that provided the inspiration. During a visit to the British Museum I became fascinated with pre-Columbian artefacts and the way they used naive stylistic shapes to create metal figures. I wanted to create amulets in the sky by combining a fast modern design technique with ancient references.
'A tour in our Rainforest Biome with Jo Elworthy, Eden’s Director of Interpretation, made me look beyond the beauty of plants and explore their purpose. I don’t think I will ever look at a plant in the same way. This made me realise I needed to tell the story of biodiversity in a subtle and abstract way alluding to stories rather than telling them, to allow each individual a personal interpretation.’