Ghost nets are fishing nets that have been dumped or lost in the ocean. Fishermen sometimes abandon worn-out nets because it is often the easiest way to get rid of them. These nets, often nearly invisible in the dim light, can be left tangled on a rocky reef or drifting in the open sea. They can entangle fish, dolphins, sea turtles, sharks, dugongs, crocodiles, seabirds, crabs, and other creatures.
They are one of the big problems of ocean plastic pollution and there are many active campaigns to stop the dumping. The Italian company, Aquafil is pioneering a new method which recycles recovered ghost nets into a synthetic material which can be used to create clothing.
Following the success of our glass bottles, The Seven Stages of Degradation (shown at the Royal Academy Summer show and other exhibitions), this collaboration continued developing the theme of ocean plastic, using glass medium as a communication tool for the issue.
Using hand blown glass and LEDs this chandelier recreates the chaotic beauty of an entangles ghost net being pulled out from the deep ocean. The chandelier uses some of the traditional techniques used by the Murano glass chandelier makers.