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New Chandeliers - Hoxton Hall Windowspace

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

THIS winter, a new series of limited edition chandeliers, Chinese Princesses, has been created for Hoxton Hall Group’s Windowspace by celebrated visual artist Lisa Cheung.

Five richly baroque chandeliers illuminate the boardroom and Lobby spaces of Hoxton Works, in addition to a grand scale installation in Hoxton Hall’s Windowspace – from December 7, 2007 to March 2, 2008.

These delicate and intricately “baroque” chandeliers are inspired by traditional Chinese paper cutting craft, but use cutting edge technologies and new materials.

Paper cutting was an ancient craft in first century China. It developed as a prized craft, decorating noble palaces to rural homes. The imagery is composed of flowers, birds, and other decorative motifs derived from nature and everyday life. These images function aesthetically as well as symbolically, celebrating health, beauty, harmony and long life.

Chinese Princesses modernizes this ancient craft using laser cut acrylic and card to shift parameters of craft and design.

Lisa Cheung, who was born in Hong Kong in 1969, is an internationally acclaimed visual artist working in a variety of materials and medias including sculpture, installations, design objects, large-scale events and public performative work. As well as London (at the Victoria and Albert Museum and the Museum of Garden History), she has exhibited all over Britain, in Berlin, Madrid, Hong Kong, Seoul and Toronto.

Her artworks are commissioned and collected by many institutions including the Arts Council of England, Chinese Arts Centre (Manchester), Plymouth Museum and Art Gallery, Derby Museum and Art Gallery, and various private collections.

Hoxton Hall’s Windowspace can be seen from Hoxton Street, and the adjoining Hoxton Works space is accessible by appointment.