Terminal C

November 22, 2013 - July 7, 2014

Philadelphia artist Adam Wallacavage is a “self-taught master of ornament” known for creating fantastically imaginative chandeliers inspired by creatures of the sea such as octopus, jellyfish, and sea anemones. This series started when Wallacavage came across a photo of a 1800s glass jellyfish chandelier.  After seeing this image, Wallacavage decided to create octopus light fixtures as centerpieces for his themed dining room based on the Jules Verne novel, Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea. Since then, Wallacavage has continued to create elaborate, opulent, sea-inspired chandeliers. His self-taught techniques have evolved over the years from traditional ornamental plaster work to a more resilient technique using epoxy clay painted with resins. 

Wallacavage is an avid maker and collector who often embellishes his sculptural chandeliers with some of his collected and altered flea market finds. When seen together, his unusual sea creatures with their lighted tentacles and shimmering finish reveal a surreal and magical underwater adventure.