Located in Wattens, Austria, Kristallwelten – or Crystal World – is a place created by Swarovski to celebrate the beauty of the world and the craft of crystal. With numerous installations, exhibits, and displays to explore, it’s hard to think of anywhere that looks quite as magical.
One display of note is the Crystal Cloud. Created by Andy Cao and Xavier Perrot, this display takes up a surface of around 1400 square meters, making it the largest work of its kind in the world. Crafted using around 800000 hand-mounted crystals, the display is innately beautiful and entirely unique.
Descending down a path, visitors are led away from the humdrum across the great outdoors to an immaculate Mirror Pool, a clear body of water that silently reflects the masterpiece above it.
Rising from the Mirror Pool are a numer of steadfast silver poles, on top of which hover the most stunning frozen clouds. Created from a seemingly countless number of crystals, these clouds gleam in the illumination that surrounds them, dancing and changing colour with the ever changing light.
Colours refract and change, transforming the clouds into a playful haze of vibrance, twinkling incessantly as viewers drink it all in. Reflected in the Mirror Pool below, the crystals continue to shimmer playfully, instilling an air of awe that proves impossible to shake.
Like a lot of Swarovski’s Kristallwelten, The Crystal Cloud seems placed right out of a fairy tale. Thoroughly enchanting, this display is an incredible representation Swarovski’s expertise with light.
Able to create such beauty with solely the use of their materials, demonstrating this much command over natural light, their ability to create such beauty with a light source they can control is second to none.