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Flickering Lights

Here’s another example of random things I see at museums …when I should probably be looking at something else.

Let’s go back to The Met.

During our visit, we wandered through the Museum’s lovely period rooms and stopped to look at the Room from the Hôtel de Varengeville, Paris.

The furnishings were beautiful, as you might expect,  and as the label explains:

The Hôtel de Varengeville, at 217, boulevard Saint-Germain, was built in 1704 by the architect Jacques Gabriel (1667-1742) for the widowed comesse de Varengeville.

The room dates to c.1740 and is full of over-the-top, opulent, 18th century French design.

So what draws my eye? A beautiful piece of furniture or an exquisite vase?

Of course not. I notice the light bulbs in the candelabra.

You’ve probably seen light bulbs that are meant to look like candles flickering, but the effect is usually contained within the bulb. In this exhibit, the light bulbs illuminating the Hôtel de Varengeville move!

Check it out:

Pretty cool, huh?

Then, after leaving the Museum, I read a bunch of tips for The Met on the social media site foursquare. (Are you on foursquare? I’ll try to write about it soon–don’t let me forget.) One of the tips was provided by Ashira in Objects Conservation. She says, “The Wrightsman Galleries–these decadently decorated period rooms have lighting that literally flickers for added ambiance.”

Neat! Not only did it draw my eye, but it’s one of the staff’s favorite things, too!

Have you noticed anything unique lately?

6 thoughts on “Flickering Lights

  1. Amazing, and also making me think, wow, a museum with so much money they can order special lights that look like candlelight with motion and not just flickering.

    Sheesh, if I had enough money just to pay for enough staff.

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