Published at Thursday, February 22nd, 2018 - 18:14:49 PM. Chandelier. By Rachelle Begin.
Based on the early success of Murano glass oil lamps, the artisans eventually graduated to a Murano glass chandelier. Lovers of luxury and exquisite surroundings, rich Venetians could not underestimate the value of a glass chandelier. Far from being just a good way of lighting up the room, a beautiful Venetian chandelier gave a focal point to every room, and was a unique attraction that was revered by anyone who entered the house - family, friends, business partners, and customers alike. Chandeliers started to proudly sparkle in every window of every Venetian palazzo, church, and public place, and every night the reflections of light from the glass echoed star light reflected off the water of the famous canals giving the city its magical and unique appearance.
This month the 2,500 pound chandelier that consists of 33,000 crystals was lowered from the Pabst Theater in Milwaukee for its annual cleaning. The chandelier is the centerpiece of the theatre and visitors are often more captivated by it than by whatever performance is going on at the theater. According to Sandra Wickler, one of the volunteers cleaning the chandelier who also serves as an usher, "It's amazing. When I usher here, the people who come in who have been here just go 'wow,' and they're snapping [cameras] away, and I'm like 'yes!'" Several volunteers are helping to clean the chandelier by polishing each of the 33,000 crystals by hand. Those volunteering for the two-day cleaning project each year say that they enjoy making the chandelier shine as it was intended to.
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