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Technical Design Solutions for Theatre by Don Harvey, Ben Sammler

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Ornate Chandeliers Made Simple

Neil Mulligan

Theatrical designers often desire chandeliers in uncommon sizes — typically, larger than life. This was certainly true of the chandeliers that Set Designer Hee Soo Kim envisioned for a production of Life Is a Dream at the Yale School of Drama. Though the chandeliers themselves were of a fairly standard design, they measured 7′-0″ tall by 5′-0″ wide and would obviously not be available from any local building supply. Having decided to build them in house, we developed the approach described here, which was more than satisfactory and could be duplicated by any theater with a welder and a wood lathe.

As shown in Figure 1, the chandeliers consisted of two tiers of six arms mounted on a central column. ...

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