H&J | Murmuration Chandelier
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Murmuration Chandelier

About This Project

Innovative property company, The Collective, commissioned Harvey & John to create Murmuration Chandelier; a kinetic lighting sculpture inspired by a murmuration of Starlings.

Much like a murmuration, the chandelier fleets in and out of seeming disorder to form precise patterns and shapes. The analogy of lots of individuals coming together to make something beautiful resonates with The Collective’s ethos of creating communities in their space at Bedford Square and beyond.


Murmuration Chandelier consists of 20 patinated stainless steel rings that taper in diameter. Abstract Starling shapes are laser cut from each ring, which all align at a certain point in its spiralling sequence. From below, the piece resembles a spirograph in motion, aligning to make mesmerising concentric patterns.

Each ring has its own counterweight, which allows the piece to be in perfect balance whatever the shape it is in. Each ring also has its own micro-controller and motor, the further down the sculpture, the faster the rotation. The kinetic sculpture can also be controlled by an App to change the colour, speed and direction of movement.

Spanning over 5m, it sits as a permanent installation of The Collective’s HQ at 14 Bedford Square.