Big Dipper by Glithero
Published on October 4, 2012
Big Dipper creates candle-wax chandeliers by repeatedly dipping wicks into molten wax. Inspired by the traditional technique of candle making, the machine resembles a chandelier with two ring-shaped tiers that are counter-balanced to move up and down using a pulley system. On each large ring, twelve smaller rings are suspended creating a framework for configurations of looped of wick, which are one-by-one dipped into drums of melted wax, forming layers until they grow into a chandelier of eight candles. Because the process is unpredictable, each chandelier is unique.
With Big Dipper, an audience can witness the complete life of a product, from the moment the chandeliers are conceived until the moment they burn and perish.