After more than eight months of design and planning, Meyda Lighting, Yorkville, N.Y., is building the largest free-hanging chandelier in the world. Meyda Lighting has been working on the custom chandelier for the past four months in its manufacturing facilities in Yorkville.

The chandelier is being custom crafted of steel, glass and acrylic for a local performing arts theater. The chandelier is 34 feet in diameter, 17 feet tall and weighs 7,000 pounds. It's assembled in eight sections of?tubular steel trusses, as well as more than a dozen sections of other steel trusses, framework and decorative embellishments.?

Each truss features a steel arm, designed with a red glass-eyed serpent spiraling down it.? At the tip of each arm is a beau bash, each with a diameter of 36 inches and designed to hold seven candles that vary in height up to two feet.?The candles feature blown-glass diffusers that simulate the tip of the candles' flames, and sculpted steel candlesticks that simulate wax drippings.?The bottom of each beau bash has been designed with a red and blue acrylic to coordinate with the nuances of the red and blue color scheme throughout the theater.

The chandelier, which was designed to fit into the theater's Mexican baroque Moorish theme, is hand-finished in antique gold and bronze to match the interior decor of the theater.

The candlelights will be illuminated with more than 200 medium-base LED lamps. You can view the construction of the chandelier on a live webcam shown at www.meyda.com.

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