Artists Joe O’Connell and Blessing Hancock have recenetly completed their ‘Ballroom Luminoso’ chandeliers from recycled bike parts. The chandeliers are currently installed underneath an underpass in San Antonio, Texas – making a dead space a public art area.
Each globe contains a custom-designed LED light fixture, which casts sharply detailed overlapping shadows. The chandeliers paint the underpass with complex color patterns and ethereal lighting thereby refashioning the space into a majestic ballroom-cum-shadow theater. Melding grandeur with a sense of neighborhood rejuvenation, the sculptures weld recycled bike parts into refined forms.
This work reminds me of the upcycled bike chain sculptures of Seo Young Deok.