At the center of a circular mirror-lined room, a chandelier of Swarovski crystals slowly rotates. Its luminous reflections extend in every direction, glittering into infinity, and suspending visitors in a vision of never-ending space. The installation is part of Kusama’s much-loved “Infinity Mirror Rooms” series, which has wowed the contemporary art world – and millions of art aficionados – for decades.
Kusama’s ‘Chandelier of Grief’ joins several other Chambers of Wonder inside the iconic Giant at Swarovski’s crystal-experience destination in Wattens, Austria. For the Crystal Worlds, Swarovski invites internationally recognized artists, designers, and architects to interpret crystal in their own unique ways and create imaginative spaces and experiences from the inspiring material.
“When we promise visitors to Swarovski Kristallwelten that they will experience ‘temporary enchantment’, Kusama’s new Chamber of Wonder is one step closer to making it a reality,” said Stefan Isser, Managing Director of Swarovski Tourism Services. “The new Chamber of Wonder invites visitors to pause for a moment and at the same time creates the illusion of being in an endless space. This sensual and spatial experience has an almost transcendental effect,” added Carla Rumler, Cultural Director at Swarovski. “I am so pleased that our visitors will be able to enjoy this experience for an unlimited time.”
Over more than 60 years, Yayoi Kusama has used pattern and repetition to create enchanting, immersive worlds that are incredible works of art as well as irresistible ‘selfie’ moments. Her ‘Chandelier of Grief’ is sure to be no exception. Search #infinitekusama, or visit Swarovski Kristallwelten to experience it for yourself.