is a Vietnamese born artist who came to the United States where he studied and earned a degree in landscape architecture from California Polytechnical University, Pomona in 1984. In 1998, he embarked on an experimental project that would launch his career: the Glass Gardens in Los Angeles.
“I started to experiment with other materials – Manila rope and blown glass – while looking more into my cultural heritage,” says Cao. “Then I started to incorporate more of a global fusion, mixing cultures to create a dream-like environment. Instead of a fantasy, I can create an environment where you experience it in 3-D.”
“It’s never about the design,” Cao says of his materials-driven work. “It slowly evolves – places that I’ve been to or dream of going to – from imaginary to actually becoming a place. I’m not interested in putting meaning in my work, but creating a spacial experience for the viewer.”
Commercially he's worked on everything from the Chateau Marmont and Standard Hotel in LA to outdoor exhibitions and public art displays in places like New York, Italy and France. The cloud chandelier shown in this post was made for KENZO's headquarters in Paris. It was inspired from KENZO's approach of ephemerality, lightness and the explosion of colors. Made of steel structure, wire mesh and 3,000 cut crystals, the tree is surely something to behold. Absolutely gorgeous!