Artist Carolina Fontoura Alzaga has used old recycled bicycle parts like wheels and chains to create stylish chandeliers in a series called CONNECT. Before moving to a studio in LA, Alzaga lived in Brazil and Mexico. She gave an interview about her series as well as a tour of her studio for Etsy’s Blog where she describes the deeper meaning behind these chandeliers made from bicycle parts:
“This developing body of work draws inspiration from the aesthetics of Victorian era chandeliers, DIY and Bike Culture, and follows an art tradition of utilizing non artistic materials for sculpture.
This series addresses class codes, power dynamics, reclaimed agency, and ecological responsibility. The traditional chandelier is seen as a bourgeois commodity, a cachet of affluence, excess, and as such power. The recycled bicycle parts become a representation of the dismissed, invisible, and powerless, but are also an affirmation of self-propelled movement. The bicycle chandelier thereby creates a new third meaning of reclaimed agency.”