Where Do Separated Earring Pairs Go?

An art project that integrates lone earrings

Everyone has a lone earring, its other half lost down a grate or in a field. Of late, the earrings have been a chic accessory for mismatched trend, but for one British artist, lost earrings are part of a whole even greater than a solitary pair of earrings.

The Chandelier of Lost Earrings incorporates donated single earrings into a chandelier that weighs just under a ton. Artists Lauren Sagar and Sharon Campbell started the project in 2011. It has won several awards including the National Lottery Award, Arts Category and the British Women Artists Award.

Today the project tours throughout the U.K. with Tall Tales, an arts group supported by Arts Council England and several other arts grants.

People donate earrings with notes explaining their origins, and the notes are on display.

The project has inspired several offshoot projects. A hotel in Bath, England, has commissioned Sagar to create its own lone earring chandelier.

(Photo courtesy of @TallTalesTour)

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