There’s something magical about Grand Central Station that gives me a nostalgic Christmasy feeling. Maybe its years of watching too many Turner Classic Movies, or maybe it’s the incredible Beaux Arts chandeliers that hang like jewels around the station. The magpie in me is attracted to all things sparkly.
While I love the timeless Beaux Arts chandeliers (seriously take a walk around to see them all), the most beautiful is a sculptural installation called Sirshasana, by Donald Lipski. Hanging above the Lexington Avenue entrance to the Grand Central Market, Lipski’s chandelier enhances my Christmas romanticism fantasy. Fusing nature with glitz, the artist transforms an upside down olive tree into a welcoming chandelier, dripping with Swarovski crystals.
The sprawling branches remind me of the days of actual winters, when the young trees in my neighborhood would become encased with ice, creating a glittering winter wonderland that seems unearthly when I was a kid. The tree itself was made by Jonquil LeMaster….who is le master of making artificial trees.
I love this piece, but be prepared to dodge the endless stream of commuters as you get lost in the sparkling branches above you.
Who: Donald Lipski
Where: 105 E 42nd St (Lexington Avenue Entrance) 10017
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