Nic created his first Kelp Chandelier in 2011, inspired by his experiences surfing the waves of the wild Atlantic shores of the Cape Peninsula.
“As a surfer, I often find myself amongst the most incredible forms of plantlife in the water. My natural inclination is to ask myself: can I preserve this shape? Can I turn this beautiful, organic form into metal through the process of lost-wax casting?”
The solution was to cast the majority of the chandelier in bronze from an actual piece of Ecklonia maxima, which was found washed up near Cape Point. The fronds, however, are made from laminated wood, a process made possible through collaboration with master cabinetmaker Nic Mössmer.
Nic is currently creating a second version of the Kelp Chandelier.