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Confiscated Stansted water bottles transformed into chandelier

A stunning chandelier made from recycled plastic bottles. Picture: Stuart Haygarth

Lighting designer Stuart Haygarth dreamt up the design for the installation after becoming concerned about the empty plastic water bottles littering our landscapes and seas.

All of the bottles used to make the chandelier were confiscated from passengers going through security at Stansted Airport. 

Haygarth said: “Drinking mineral water has become such an integral part of contemporary culture. There are many brands available and which brand you drink has become a lifestyle statement. One of the repercussions of this healthy drinking culture is the fact that the empty plastic water bottles are littering our landscapes and seas. 

Recycled plastic bottles create a magical luminescence in Stuart's chandelier. Picture: Stuart Haygarth

“Our landfill sites are being filled at an incredible rate with these plastic containers. Currently at airports we are not allowed to take water bottles through security checks and thousands of empty or half full bottles are confiscated. This work focuses on the overlooked beauty and variety of these plastic water containers by concentrating on a small detail section, the base. The visual appearance of the plastic is slightly altered to produce a frosted glass quality.”

The first Drop chandelier was produced as a performance piece during Design Miami 2007.

Haygarth is now working on other projects, including a piece made from the man-made debris he has collected from the Dunganess coastline in Kent over many years.

By Lucy

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