LittleBoy&FatMan (Chandeliers), 2004/2005

LittleBoy&FatMan consists of two crystal chandeliers quoting the famous historic nuclear warheads Fat Man and Little Boy.
Referring to Empire style crystal chandeliers dating from the late 18thcentury, LittleBoy&FatMan translates the essential form of the typical bourgeois home status symbol into a grand scale home décor with the shapes of the classic ultimate weapon.

LittleBoy&FatMan should be positioned hanging halfway between ceiling and floor. Thus the Chandeliers claim space as autonomous objects. Historically and technically this position refers to the usual remote-controlled ignition of the bombs in the air almost halfway between the delivering airplane and the target to achieve the ultimate release of nuclear power.

"Little Boy was the first nuclear weapon used in warfare. It exploded approximately 1,800 feet over Hiroshima, Japan, on the morning of August 6, 1945, with a force equal to 13,000 tons of TNT. Immediate deaths were between 70,000 to 130,000. Little Boy was dropped from a B-29 bomber piloted by U.S. Army Air Force Col. Paul W. Tibbets. Tibbets had named the plane Enola Gay after his mother the night before the atomic attack.
Fat Man was the second nuclear weapon used in warfare.
Dropped on Nagasaki, Japan, on August 9, 1945, Fat Man devastated more than two square miles of the city and caused approximately 45,000 immediate deaths. While Little Boy was a uranium gun-type device, Fat Man was a more complicated and powerful plutonium implosion weapon that exploded with a force equal to 20 kilotons of TNT.”

Additionally there are photographic prints and/or light boxes of slices (cross-sections) of the chandeliers planned in the format 125 cm x 125 cm / 55 x 55 inches.

In one presentation mode three Super-8 filmprojectors are positioned around each chandelier, projecting private Super-8 family films from the 50ies or 60ies into the glass objects. So, refracted by the crystals, fragmented lightspots of the films sparkle on the circumjacent walls.