Designed for Varietal, a restaurant devoted to wine, this chandelier celebrates the drinking of wine. The dining room is square in shape with the chandelier at its center. From the perimeter of the room, it seems to be freeform in shape, but as you walk or sit beneath it, one can discover its dome shape with a nebula light pattern.
The large nine foot diameter steel elliptical plate was laser cut off site, yet the 350 wine glasses were arranged and hung by steel cables on site. The restauranteur, Greggory Hockenberry, was very accommodating and brave when it came to both design and installation.
The steel plate, fabricated by Daniel Bailey, collaborated with Gans on how to stiffen it and then hang it with ease. 35 of the glasses have lightbulbs within them, yet the entire piece glows through reflections and refractions of light.
Above the bar, Gans also fused together a series of champagne flutes with airplane window glue and fishing line. Hence, the name "flight"