The culinary masters have wired together over 60 gherkins to produce a soft glow.
The experimental food scientist duo Bompas & Parr have followed up their multi-sensory fireworks display with a Gherkin Chandelier. Mixing gastronomy and science, this project showcases the duo’s creativity, as well as the concept of sustainable power.
Equipped with more than sixty pickles wired together on a three-tiered chandelier, the creation conducts electricity to emit a soft glow (and some smoke). Bompas commented:
The sodium chloride or salt contained within gherkins reacts to an electric current, lighting up, fizzing and crackling while forming a burnt vinegary smell. It’s mind-bogglingly dangerous. If you’re near it when it is turned on you will certainly be electrocuted.
A two-minute video, directed by David Lane of food journal The Gourmand and Jeremy Valender of Pundersons Gardens, shows the development of the Gherkin Chandelier. You can watch it below: