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An Eerie Geiger Counter Chandelier That Flashes and Clicks When It Detects Nearby Radiation

Geiger Counter Chandelier by Phillip David Stearns

A Chandelier for One of Many Possible Ends is a light sculpture that sporadically flickers and clicks in reaction to local ambient radioactivity. The effect is achieved through 92 Geiger counters, each connected to an LED lighting element. The sculpture was created by artist Phillip David Stearns in response to the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster of 2011. According to Stearns, if the sculpture ever fully illuminates, it is an indication of fatal levels of ambient radiation. A Chandelier for One of Many Possible Ends is on display at the Burchfield Penney Art Center in Buffalo, New York through March 2015.

Geiger Counter Chandelier by Phillip David Stearns

Geiger Counter Chandelier by Phillip David Stearns

photos via Phillip David Stearns

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