Using a novel technique called ‘Grand Artimmosa’ that he created himself, English-Chinese artist Chris Chamberlain has created one of the most incredible artworks I have ever seen. The pictures and video below do not begin to do justice for what seeing it in person must be like and I wish I could hop a plane to London just to see Jewel of the Universe in all its glory. Chamberlain’s Chinese name, Jeurng Ying Fai, means “to illuminate England” and he is living up to this name through his art. The 260 carats of natural cut diamonds and nearly 1/3 of a million pieces of stained glass that make up Jewel of the Universe are illuminated from behind with 6,912 LED lights to represent the world from a “God-like perspective of looking down from space.”
The massive piece (10 feet 6 inches x 7 feet 3 inches) took Chamberlain 3,500 hours over a 27 month timespan to complete. He used 12 types of gems to represent major cities; including peridot, amethyst, sapphire, and a single conflict-free diamond to represent Freetown, Sierra Leone- where 10% of the proceeds of any profit will be donated to Ivor Leigh Memorial School. He compiled a list of the 1,238 gemstones and which cities they represent here with rubies and emeralds for the world’s most sacred holy cities. Turquoise was used to represent the Earth’s major lakes and rivers. He cut 97% of the glass pieces himself and the length of his cuts would exceed the height of the world’s five tallest skyscrapers. The black glass that borders the piece represents the vast universe that surrounds our Earth.
Jewel of the Universe is the first piece in the world known to use this technique and Chamberlain hopes this one will give him the funds to create more like it “that will focus on the vibrancy, uniqueness and beauty of the Earth.” Read more on the Jewel of the Universe website or Facebook and contact Chris Chamberlain to arrange a viewing, make a bid or commission a piece in this style.
Presentation by Chris Chamberlain