Auckland student creates chandelier of 200 bras
Claudine Nalesu's grandmother was on her mind as she created her latest art work.
The 20-year-old Kumeū resident created a bra chandelier to mark Metastatic Breast Cancer Awareness Day on October 13.
Beauty queen Rachel Hunter was among those who provided a bra to shine the spotlight on Sweet Louise, a chairty for women with incurable cancer.
Nalesu, a third-year creative technology student, said the opportunity had given her the chance to use her skills for a good cause.
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The project helped honour her grandmother, who had been affected by breast cancer and passed away about five years ago.
"While I was making it, [my grandma] was something I kept in my thoughts," she said.
Nalesu said the project had taken two months to complete from the first discussion.
"It is impactfully (sic) beautiful," she said.
"You walk into the space and you just see this giant chandelier with all these different coloured bras all over it."
Sweet Louise collected bras from all over New Zealand to represent their 595 members, ranging in age from mid-20s through to late-80s.
New Zealand women including Labour leader Jacinda Ardern, Education Minister Nikki Kaye, and Hunter had all given a bra to the cause.
Nalesu said the finished project had an industrial, new-trend look to it.
She used aluminium for the structure to keep it lightweight as it would be hanging from the ceiling.
Chains were used as the hanging element and LED strips would make the chandelier light up.
About 200 bras covered the chandelier.
The largest ring was 1.8 metres and the chandelier was about 2m in height, Nalesu said.
Sweet Louise chief executive Fiona Hatton said she was moved by the number of bras donated by New Zealand women.
"Our goal was to create a piece of art that would become a conversation starter and we have certainly done that," Hatton said.
The chandelier would be on display at Orakei Bay Village in Remuera until October 23.