The Global Data Chandelier—a big name for an equally sizable installation (physically and in theory)—is more of an infographic of sorts than anything else. Created for the Center for Strategic and International Studies' new headquarters in Washington D.C. by Sosolimited, Hypersonic Engineering & Design, Plebian Design and Chris Parlato, the chandelier consists of 425 hanging, low-res pendants that brighten and dim in a synchronized patterns to display different data points—GDP growth rate, renewable water resources and energy consumption, to name a few.
From directly below, it'll only take a moment to grasp the contours of the map, which shifts into different arrangements as you view it from different angles. Check out this video of the installation at work:
From a level up, the shape and data visualization dissolves into a wing-like abstracted topography in the air, each luminaire suspended by a thin cable.
You may not be able to decipher the light-up data points from the room's stairwell, but you can still appreciate the chandelier as a gathering point in a building that most likely never sleeps—the lights can also be programmed to correlate to international developments and other happenings within the building.
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