Sunday, August 16, 2009

Swarovski Crystal World

The entrance to the underground Chambers of Wonder
The Swarovski Kristallwelten is a mixture of
dreams and reality,
fairytale characters and mystical creatures.
The Chambers of Wonder was built in 1995 by
multi-media artist Andre Heller
- including a collection of installations
and glittering works by artists
Some examples what is inside the Chambers of Wonder:
The Centaner
at 300.000 karats,
the largest cut crystal in the world
Crystal Dome
A thousand beams of refracted light dance around
the facetted walls to the sound of music
by Brian Eno
- gives the impression of a space that never ends
- standing there is like standing
at the very heart of a giant crystal
- the negative thing was that people were quite loud there,
with a total silence it would have been
a totally different experience
A part of a a frosty tree,
Silent Light
made by Tord Boontje & Alexander McQueen
with hundreds of crystals
A part of the 55 Million Crystals
by Brian Eno
- a place that feels like music -
that was his artistic intention
My favourite chamber!
- a spiral comprising 48 polygons
- the formation, fascination and scientific
importance of crystals are documented
in pictures, graphics, illustrations and animations

At the heart of the installation,
the mystic nature of this sparkling material
is revealed
a mysterious glow of the siphonophora
The light installation by Thomas Feuerstein
changed the colour of the light
Beautiful gardens outside the chambers
The hand of the giant,
After getting lost couple of times,
finally found the stone in the middle
of the giant's hand

Somehow found the way out too
Swarovski Crystal World
6112 Wattens
- a shuttle bus from the main railway station in Innsbruck
left at 9am, 11am, 1pm, & 3pm
back at 11.30am, 1.30pm, 3.30pm
- took the 11am bus there and came by 1.30pm bus back,
enought time to see the exhibition,
visit the huge store and the garden,
had something to drink & eat

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