Ghostnet Chandelier by Sophie Thomas & Louis Thompson

15.09.2018 →
Following the success of Sophie Thomas and Louis Thompson’s glass bottles The Seven Stages of Degradation (shown at the Royal Academy Summer show and other exhibitions), this chandelier is the latest piece in the pair’s collaboration around the theme of ocean plastic. Using hand-blown glass and LEDs this chandelier recreates the chaotic beauty of an entangled ghost net being pulled out from the deep ocean.
On show at Fernandez & Wells, the official information point for the Brompton Design District during the London Design Festival.

Ghost nets are fishing nets that have been dumped or lost in the ocean. Fishermen sometimes abandon worn-out nets because it is often the easiest way to get rid of them. These nets, almost invisible in the dim light, can be left to get tangled on a rocky reef or to drift for decades in the open sea.
They entangle fish, dolphins, sea turtles, sharks, dugongs, crocodiles, seabirds, crabs, and other creatures. They are one of the big problems of ocean plastic pollution and there are many active campaigns to stop the dumping of broken nets into open water. There are also those that work to redefine this discarded product into new material. An example of this would be the Italian company, Aquafil who is pioneering a new method to recycles recovered ghost nets and make a synthetic material which can be used to create clothing.
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