Chihuly began his Chandelier series in 1992 for an exhibition at the Seattle Art Museum. These sculptures are composed of multiple hand-blown glass forms mounted to a steel armature. Unlike traditional chandeliers, these sculptures reflect light instead of emitting it. He further explored this series during the pivotal Chihuly Over Venice project from 1995-96, during which he mounted fourteen chandeliers over the canals of Venice.
The Carnival Chandelier features a variety of forms and colors and is reminiscent of the Isola di San Giacomo in Palude Chandelier, created during the Chihuly Over Venice project.
Dale Chihuly, Carnival Chandelier (detail), 2008 60 x 58 x 56″