Photo opportunity: Constructing a crystal cathedral

By on 21/10/2011 in Culture, News
  • WHAT: Donovan Ballantyne assembles the inverted crystal cathedral that will be one of the highlights of the Lost in Lace exhibition.
  • WHY  Lost in Lace exhibition opens at Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery on 29 October - until 19 February 2012.
  • WHERE: Gas Hall – Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery
  • WHEN: Friday 21 October
  • IME:  1pm

A magnificent 'inverted crystal cathedral' consisting of one tonne of crystals, including over 600 strands of SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS, will be one of the highlights of the forthcoming Lost in Lace exhibition at Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery (29th October 2011 to 19th February 2012).

The work is the creation of Atelier Manferdini.  The multiple strands of crystal will descend from a 7×7 metre space on the ceiling to create a structure that will hang down to the floor, referencing the Italian expression ‘punto in aria’ - stitching the air.

The Lost in Lace exhibition will see 20 leading international artists take over the Gas Hall at Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery.  The show will present radical, theatrical and spectacular new work which explores textiles and space.

Produced in partnership with the Crafts Council, the exhibition brings together both leading and emergent artists and makers – many of whom will be exhibiting in the UK for the first time.

The work exhibited spans a diverse range of materials, practices and inspirations. Amongst the highlights will be an eerie large-scale work by acclaimed Japanese artist Chiharu Shiota and a sensual installation by French artist Annie Bascoul.

Exhibition curator Lesley Millar MBE, Professor of Textile Culture at University for the Creative Arts said  “… I asked an international group of artists, makers, and designers to move beyond their usual margins of practice. My challenge was: how to shape the perception of the potentially radical relationship between the structure of lace networks and architectural space?

Their responses have been to question the ways in which we move through space and the nature of boundaries and thresholds. Visitors will be encouraged to confront the same questions, as they are invited to move freely within, through and around the works.”

For further details please visit or or call 0121 303 1966.

Opening:   Monday – Thursday and Saturday 10am – 5pm,
  Friday 10.30 – 5pm, Sunday 12.30pm – 5pm

Media contact

Jason Lewis  0121 303 4266

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