The universe is a little-understood, constantly expanding entity of simultaneous order and chaos. The universe also lights the way at the Metropolitan Opera House in New York City’s Lincoln Center, where crystal chandeliers designed by Dr. Hans Rath of J&L Lobmyer in Vienna, Austria resemble star clusters and constellations. These chandeliers in turn served as an inspiration for sculptor Josiah McElheny, whose light installations in glass depict the unceasing expansion of the universe. These earrings, inspired by McElheny’s works and the Metropolitan Opera House chandeliers, offer another interpretation of infinity, expanding in orderly yet chaotic fashion upon themselves. Orli says, “I’ve always thought of the Met chandeliers as brilliant, both literally and figuratively, and when I saw McElheny’s work, I knew there were possibilities for jewelry there. The inspiration traveled down the line from the chandeliers to the sculptures and the earrings.”
Glass, sterling silver
On September 12, 1962 at Rice University, President John F. Kennedy delivered what would become a historic speech. He explained that the United States could not “expect to stay behind in the race for space.” As a result, he stated that “we choose to go to the moon in this decade” and that the United States would “do all this, and do it right, and do it first before this decade is out.” The Sixties and the Space Race were a spirited time in world history, when nations rallied behind great expectations and accomplishments. Neil Armstrong took mankind’s first steps on the moon’s surface within that decade, which began a continuing fascination with the universe’s ethereal beauty and scientific possibilities. Interstellar is a remembrance of the origins of space exploration in the 1960s and its evolution through the decades since as technology has become more advanced and mankind more curious about the deeper regions and mysterious phenomena awaiting discovery.