Snowballs: Orangery

Hanging above the Orangery’s centralized green lawn, Snowballs features six large glass chandeliers that illuminate the Conservatory’s vibrant summer plant palette in a kaleidoscope of colors. Changing color in unison, the installation adds drama to the Orangery’s already artful horticultural display.

Artistʼs Inspiration

The design of Snowballs came about partly through luck and partly through the wonderful book illustrations of Raymond Briggs, specifically his 1992 classic The Snowman. The lucky part came about one day when I was stuck in a traffic jam in front of a shop displaying translucent Christmas balls. I simply wondered how the balls would look clustered together, hopped out of my car and bought all the stock. The design came together within days. The name came about because the illuminated colors reminded me of the subtle hues in the animated version of Briggs’ book that shows snowmen dancing under the soft hues of the Aurora Borealis.

–Bruce Munro


Watch a timelapse of the installation


  • —762 hand-blown glass spheres
  • —2.4 mi (3,810 m) fiber-optic light guide
  • —6 RGB DMX color-changing light sources with hand-painted color wheels
  • —Each chandelier requires as much electricity as a 150 watt light bulb

All materials will be recycled or reused in future installations by Munro.

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