New home for £250,000 Manchester chandelier
A magnificent Venetian chandelier regarded as one of the North West’s most iconic pieces of public art has found a new home in St Helens.
The 10-foot long chandelier weighing two tons is on permanent display at the town’s award-winning World of Glass visitor attraction.
It is one of four lead glass chandeliers specially created for Manchester Airport in the 1960s and familiar to generations of North West holidaymakers.
The chandeliers were designed by Royal architect Stefan Buzas and created at the renowned Venini factory in Murano, Italy.
They cost £12,000 originally but today it would be estimated to cost over £250,000 to create just one of them.
Ron Helsby, Executive Director of The World of Glass, said: “This is a highly exciting acquisition for The World of Glass.
“The iconic piece of crystal is part of the North West’s heritage so it has been great to work with our partners to restore it and put it on display to everyone in our foyer.”
The chandeliers were removed from Terminal One as part of a major modernisation programme in the terminal during 2003.
The World of Glass chandelier has now been restored to its original design with the help of £50,000 of Heritage Lottery Funding and grants from the Pilgrim Trust, The Mersey Partnership and the Rainford Trust.
The striking piece of artwork consists of 1,300 droplets of clear, smoked grey and amethyst lead glass individually blown by master craftsman, Bruno Zanetti.
The World of Glass had to strengthen and modify its ceiling to support the weight of the chandelier which took two days to hang.
The five-year project to re-create and re-hang the chandelier involved experts ranging from the conservators, David Malik & Sons Limited, to fundraisers, building contractors and structural engineers.
The chandelier was donated to The World of Glass by Manchester Airport to preserve the heritage of the region.
Jackie Neville, Head of Product Development of Manchester Airport said: “The chandeliers are a much loved part of Manchester Airport’s heritage and it was important to us that they remained on permanent public display.”