By  on August 3, 2009

Think Big

Less-is-more seems to be a common theme these days. But sometimes more can be, well, fabulous. Melbourne, Australia–born artist Timothy Horn’s obsession with size has led him to create pieces such as a 6-foot-tall edible gingerbread house and a giant glass slipper made of lead crystal, nickel-plated bronze glass and Easter egg foil, à la Cinderella. One of Horn’s main fixations, though, is 18th-century fi ne jewelry.

“I feel that these pieces deserve to be shown on a larger scale—like that of a chandelier,” says the artist, whose work is shown by Hosfelt Gallery in New York.

Horn spends hours sketching the jewelry worn in Edwardian paintings, as well as the actual necklaces, stomachers and earrings, and translates them into supersize wall hangings. Grand Noeud is a 3-foot-tall pearl “earring” made of mirrored blown glass and nickel-plated bronze, while Miranda (left), an elaborate 4-foot-high work, has three cascading rows of “pearls.”

Muses Horn: “I spent a year trying to figure out how to make a large pearl.”

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