Jewel of the Universe

Jewel of the Universe is the name of this world map made of glass and gemstones, lit by 6912 LEDs. Artist Chris Chamberlain spent 27 months putting it together.

Jewel of the Universe contains a third of a million pieces of cut glass, but it's not the kind of stained glass with pieces connected by metal strips -it's a mosaic.

Chamberlain used 260 karats of precious gems to mark large cities and turquoise for lakes and rivers. You can find a list of the gems used here.  

The finished piece is over ten feet long and over six feet tall. Oh yeah, the whole thing is for sale!

See more pictures at the project's website. Link  -via Visual News

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