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Designing unique chandeliers from discarded bicycle chains and wheels


Designing unique chandeliers from discarded bicycle chains and wheels
Published on January 14, 2013Email To Friend    Print Version

unnamed4.jpgWhile growing up in Denver, Colo. Carolina Fontoura Alzaga (Caro's) frequent trips to Mexico City and Rio de Janeiro for family visits helped shape her aesthetic eye. Since childhood she has been drawn to finding beauty and value in overlooked narratives and weathered textures. Today she is an emerging multidisciplinary artist recognized internationally for her unique perspectives on medium and form. An artist of Los Angeles, Cal. Caro designs have created many unique chandeliers from discarded bicycle chains and wheeels.

unnamed2.jpgHer work is very unique and creative and is formed by her lifelong movement between spaces and cultures. What she produces are documents of her reflections of these environments and her artistic vocabulary evolves the many shifting realities. Finding beauty in the discarded, the CONNECT Series chandeliers she creates draws inspiration from Victorian and modern light fixtures. Bike culture and a dedication to the ideals of sustainability and preservation are her drive. In her art and In the Series, Caro re-imagines used bike parts to create luxurious, cascading, and seemingly traditional chandeliers.

unnamed.jpgThe pieces stem from Caro's interest in exploring the third function of materials - after their original function, after they become trash, when they are transformed into something new altogether – effectively reclaiming the ‘discarded’ and ‘invisible’ to create something far more powerful and commanding.

Caro currently lives in Los Angeles, where she produces art and pieces for the CONNECT Series in her downtown studio. From her website she states, "the recycled unnamed5.pngbicycle parts become a representation of the dismissed, invisible, and powerless, but are also an affirmation of self-propelled movement. The bicycle chandelier thereby creates a new third meaning of reclaimed agency."

See more of her work at: and her video at:

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