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i am a self-defined Nuyorican creative (that is a Puerto Rican who is from both the isles of Manhattan, NYC and the Caribbean). I share daily in the joy of education and live in a cute port town in New York, in a 'teensy-weensy' apartment with my two dogs and canary named Valentino. Check out my Etsy shop for purchasable pieces. Please do not reproduce imagery off of this site without explicit credit and no derivatives may be made of my original imagery- Thank You.

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Objectified Rags to Riches or My 'Slumdog Millionaire' Art Piece Pick!

Since one aspect of my 'living an artful life' blog is to promote the eco-conscious in art making, I like to highlight artists/designers that use materials and resources in fresh, evocative ways. Sometimes that means recycling old objects to make something new, and sometimes it means using the material that is so plentifully available all around us to make something sustainable and usable - so this post I give you Stuart Haygarth whose chandeliers are my slumdog millionaire art piece pic of the day!

Stuart Haygarth's Optical Chandelier

In the movie Slumdog Millionaire, an over-wrought, inundated, economically-severed place (the slums of Mumbai India) give birth to two children who end up orphaned but not destitute- since they are filled with illuminating hope for a future destiny to love each other. Their brilliance of life becomes manifested through a "Who Wants to be a Millionaire televsion show" and a brutal accusation of cheating. Now this may seem as a stretch, but my artist eyes see that same story line when I see Stuart Haygarth's chandeliers...objects plentiful, disregarded, over-wrought, inundated give off such a spectacular shape, form and light.

Stuart Haygarth's Tide Chandelier

So seeing as Slum Dog Millionaire was the big winner at the Oscars last night - I only thought it fitting to find an artist who I think is the 'slumdog-millionaire-designer' of the day! Some of the objects that make up these chandeliers are objects that you would find a plenty in landfills, dollar stores or in your pantry.Mr. Haygarth collects, cleans and categorizes these objects (sometimes for years) before composing them into forms.

My work is about giving banal and overlooked objects a new significance. The finished piece of work takes various forms such as chandeliers, installations, functional and sculptural objects. - excerpt from Stuart Haygarth's online posted profile.

Detail of Stuart Haygarth's Selffridge Harpoon 321

So who is Stuart Haygarth? Well, I discovered this artist/designer/lighting designer through design sites and blogs such as the Design Museum and Moco Loco. Mr. Haygarth is an England born artist who for many projects and commissions uses objects that are debris found along the coastline of Dungeness Beach in Kent, UK, such as this Selffridge named Harpoon321 made of found rubber fisherman gloves that have changed in tints and tones as they have been used and worn. To see more and to learn more about Stuart Haygarth another good link is Icon Magazine Online<

As for Slum Dog Millionaire if you haven't seen it- you must! It will defy any preconceived notions you have, illuminate the forgotten joy you had in love and thrill you the way a great movie should. And, if you're a comment leaving type - let me know about the unexpected and unlikely places you find beauty!

Reader Comments (3)

very cool post, I love the scenes in slumdog of the people and shelter crowded together and how people are making use of everything they possibly can. This artist is pretty amazing!!!! Thank-you for shedding some light on his work!

February 24, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterstainboy

I think that picking this movie for best picture is wonderful. it shows that the movie industry is taking a new direction in what they like and that they actually may have hearts. As for the art it is a creative idea and has alot of symbolism toward slum dog millionaire in the style of it. i love the post!

February 28, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterorph

I really like your connection you made between Slum Dog and the Stuart Haygarth's work.
Don't worry, I look at your blog at time intervals rather than every day.
And might I just say it's a blog that certainly has something new to say all the time; I appreciate that. :D
Hopefully I can do something just as awesome one day! :D

March 10, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterNicoletheDiva

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