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Elton John X Lalique

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Sir Elton John with pieces from the “Music is Love” collection.

Lalique, in partnership with Sir Elton John, has created a collection of crystal objects called “Music is Love.” The seven-piece collection is divided into a limited-edition series of three designs—available now at Bal Harbour Shops—and four one-of-a-kind crystal sculptures to be auctioned off at the Elton John Academy Awards Viewing Party on February 28th. Lalique will donate 10 percent of the proceeds of the pieces sold in-store to the Elton John AIDS Foundation, and 100% of the proceeds from the auctioned items in February will benefit EJAF. Here, the music man shines a light on this artistic and philanthropic partnership.


How have you found working in sculpture, particularly in crystal?
The process of artistic creation—whether for music or dance or visual—art arises from the same impetus, the same need to express thoughts, feelings, ideas. I found the entire design process for this project – from theorizing, to working and revising with drawings, to realizing the concept as a three dimensional object—to be absolutely exhilarating.

Working in crystal is fascinating, and Lalique crystal has an amazing way of constantly changing with light and shadow, the time of day… Such a beautiful, magical medium! The finished piece is even more exciting and beautiful than I ever could have imagined.

You’re a collector of glass and crystal. What is it that you appreciate about crystal and Lalique in particular?
For me, Lalique stands for craftsmanship, luxury and a strong tradition of devotion to the art of producing the highest quality, most beautiful objects using these materials. Lalique sets a standard of craftsmanship that is simply unparalleled in the world. I think glass is a much underappreciated art form. That is why I collect it and I love it very much.

You have also been working with the Lalique design team to create four other one-of-a-kind sculptures—a Cire Perdue Angel, smaller angel and two heart sculptures, with all proceeds benefitting EJAF. What do these symbolize for you?
The heart is a universal symbol of love, as well as the Angel. Love is ultimately what guides and inspires the work of the Elton John AIDS Foundation, and love is what we need to end this epidemic. Science has made amazing advances in HIV/AIDS prevention and treatment. But unless we love each other enough to make sure that everyone—no matter who they love, what they do, how they look or what they believe—has the resources to stay healthy and prevent further transmission of the disease, then all the science in the world will be for naught. LOVE is the ultimate solution to AIDS.

In February, four special editions (the Angel Cire Perdue, the Heart in platinum enameled red crystal, the Heart in gold enameled clear crystal and the Angel in gold-stamped clear crystal) each signed by Sir Elton John, will be auctioned during the 2016 Academy Awards, in partnership with Paddle8, to benefit the Elton John AIDS Foundation.

 

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