Celebrated British paper artist Zoe Bradley has created a cascading paper floral chandelier for British House. ‘I wanted to create a piece that celebrated the rich tropical colours synonymous with Brazil, and capture the exotic nature of the host country’s flowers.’ The Bougainvillea plant, first discovered in Rio de Janeiro, inspired Zoe’s designs for British House. The piece measures 2.5 metres in diameter and 2.8 metres in hanging length, created in a luminous iridescent paper. The chandelier contains 2188 flowers, hand curled in fuchsia pink, burnt orange, deep violet, lilac, and, of course, gold to symbolise the ultimate prize.
‘I wanted the floral chandelier to engulf the space and draw you into the building, which can be viewed from many angles. I want the athletes and guests to be inspired and uplifted as they walk through the entrance.’
Zoe’s work is aimed at bringing awareness to cultural events, and she believes that art can enhance environments in which we work and live. Bradley offers a bespoke design service, creating installations and hand made paper art pieces. Her work has been seen in shopping malls and private residences across the globe. She considers it a great opportunity to take contemporary art installations outside the usual gallery walls.