A few weeks ago the first permanent contemporary installation was placed at the Château de Versailles, just outside the rooms of ill-fated King Louis XVI.

A few weeks ago the first permanent contemporary installation was placed at the Château de Versailles, just outside the rooms of ill-fated King Louis XVI:after  a 30 year wait, the light of a draped, crystal rope-chandelier finally shines over the monumental staircase designed by Ange-Jacques Gabriel in 1772 and completed in 1985.

Brittany-born Bouroullec brothers of Bouroullec Design Studio designed this superb rope-like crystal sculpture, which was then produced by Swarovski by mounting eight hundred crystal coupes onto a 40 feet stainless steel structure, for a total weight of half a ton. The giant shiny rope dangles at 12 meters of height, resembling a long necklace. Each of the interlocking coupes contains an LED lighting system that automatically regulates its brightness according to the daylight, creating a very realistic candlelight effect.

This delicate, different, and contemporary crystal work of art is a perfect match to the marble grandeur of Versailles’ north courtyard, and manages to enhance the imposing character of the ambience by radiating its crystal rainbow-like reflections onto the surrounding walls.

Ronan Bouroullec explained how they don’t usually work on unique pieces, but rather on reproducible ones, and that’s why they rejected the project at first, but luckily they had second thoughts and decided to take the job.

This video gives an idea of how stunning the chandelier looks!

Lustre Gabriel – Château de Versailles (teaser) from Ronan Erwan Bouroullec on Vimeo.

Photocredit: freshome.com