Monday, February 22, 2010

Mute Monday is being interrupted for a tour of Swarovski's Crystal Worlds...

Yesterday, I promised I would share photos of some of the exhibits. First, let me quote the pamphlet that is handed out with the tickets:
"Here a subterranean landscape made of thousands of crystals awaits you. Be prepared to embark on a journey that drifts between dreams and reality, where you will encounter fairy tale characters and mystical creatures. These underground Chambers of Wonder, built unter the aegis of multi-media artist André Heller in 1995, house a collection of fantastic installations and glittering works by great artists..."

This is the famous giant face that guards the entrance to these "crystal caves".

I can only really convey a facet of the installations, as they also consist of ever changing light installations, so that the colours you see in the photos are only a moment of the whole.

Inside the Crystal Dome.

Poseidon's Puzzle

Within the Crystal Forest, a huge jellyfish, an installation called Leviathan, by Thomas Feuerstein.

This installation totally blew me away. I could have spent hours in here. This is a spiral consisting of 48 large polygon structures; documenting the fascination and scientific importance of crystals through graphics, pictures and illustrations.

And again, constantly changing colours...

Then, on the way out, you enter the Crystal Stage - the largest Swarovski retail space worldwide (this place is not only brimming with crystals, it is overflowing with superlatives...).

Love these marketing slogans - so poetic.

Talk about artful packaging.

Like a miniature showcase. Reminds me a bit of slides - acrylic frame with a flexible membrane to hold the beads in place.

Eye candy with bling.

Well, I hope you enjoyed this little glimpse of the Crystal Worlds. I think we were lucky to go there at this time of the year. From the look of the parking lots, it must be jammed during the summer months (The pamphlet is available in 19 languages!).

19 comments:

sharon said...

Very impressive Renate! Your pictures are lovely as always. I am sure it was something to see in person and i have a feeling we will be seeing lots of crystals in your work! Hope your day is going well!!

Wanda said...

Like small gift boxes, little works of art themselves! Your visit there was quite an experience!

SummersStudio said...

I think I would have come away from the crystal caves dizzy with wonder and awe.

Silke said...

Oh, wow, like a different world altogether! How amazing!! Did you buy a few things or were you overwhelmed by the sheer size of the showroom? Happy Monday!! Love, Silke

mairedodd said...

breathtaking... i think i would have been completely overwhelmed... what a fabulous experience...

Cindy said...

Renate, thank you for sharing these wonderful pictures...almost like being there in person. I would imagine Swarovski itself would have over the top incredible exhibits! I've enjoyed reading about their history in my own research, but nothing is quite like experiencing this in person! Are those green beads yours....I am guessing they are based on the color choice. What an impressive and beautiful sight with all of those shades of green together!

Doreen said...

You've left me (almost) speechless! All I can say is...I want to go there!

Sherry said...

That is quite an experience I would imagine..ever changing so perhaps hard to capture with a camera lens but you did an exceptional job of that...it's gorgeous in every way!

mermaiden said...

I think I would have been overcome with motion sickness from all that! Yes, I am such a delicate thing ;P

diane said...

Oh my!
I would absolutely love to go there Renate! How impressive.
Thank you for sharing this adventure with us.....I thoroughly enjoyed it.

sundownbeaddesigns said...

How fascinating! The photos are great but to actually see these exhibits must have been amazing! Thanks for sharing!

Studio Sylvia said...

Absolutely amazing Renate. What a fantastic place and how enticing to see all that bling. I wouldn't be able to resist a purchase or two, or three or four or ...

lilylovekin said...

Just what you needed to brighten your cold winter world. I gave Nina a hug for you.

cat said...

Very cool!! The colors are pretty amazing!

Such a Wondrous Place this Faery Space said...

Fabulous posts dear friend! Thanks for the eye candy! Blessings.

Pretty Things said...

Wowwwwww. And I do love the packaging, too! So creative!

Leslie @ Bei Mondi said...

I don't think I would ever leave. So creative and glamorous. Thanks for the pictures.

Barry said...

Just amazing. This has to go on my must see list of things to do.

Rustique Gal said...

All I can say is WOW! It's all gorgeous! Sherry