For this week’s Access Points photo game, shazzzzee was the first to name what it was and where you can find it: it’s a chandelier at Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre. I think CJ wins, too, for the category I just invented, “Best Abstract and/or Romantic Response,” for saying it was like a cloudy sky over Lake Lanier.
There are 10 of these Murano glass chandeliers, each about weighing nearly 600 pounds. They’re made of 150 individual pieces of hand-blown glass, colored with silver and gold. They were designed for the center by Andromeda International, which also did work for the W Hotel in Atlanta.
You can get a lot of views of them: through the glass wall in front of the buliding, strung high above you on the ground floor, or relatively close if you walk up to the lobby on the highest level.
The $145 million facility just opened in 2007, but those lighting fixtures leave an impression. Commenters were quick to identify this week’s Access Point photo, and were sharing their opinions on the look even before it was confirmed.
In an architectural review of the building that ran in the AJC in 2007, Catherine Fox had some nice things to say about the building, but not the subject of our Access Point: “The gold chandeliers, whose ribbonlike glass elements erupt like an electrocuted bow, are garish. Like the spikier chandeliers in the ballrooms, they are derivative of Dale Chihuly’s famous glass art. This is fingernails on a chalkboard: A building with ‘arts’ in the title should do better than knockoffs.”
Would I hang one in my house? Well no, but it’s because they cost $40,000 each and are taller than I am. We’re going for more of a dog-fur-and-IKEA chic at the house, anyway.
Still, I am entirely in favor of lighting fixtures that remind of wrapped birthday presents, and even more in favor of lighting fixtures that people remember.
Few of us would visit the performing arts center just for the architectural and decorative detail, but their calendar is busy with events that’ll let you get a look at them. This month, it hosts The Atlanta Opera’s “Orfeo & Euridice” and “Guy Fieri Roadshow.” Next, “The 39 Steps,” Billy Crystal and “Wait Wait…Don’t Tell Me!”