Friday, September 22, 2017

Yekaterinburg Opera House chandelier undergoes general cleaning

The chandelier in Yekaterinburg's Opera House underwent a routine cleaning this week.

The large chandelier is made up of one large chandelier weighing more than 300 pounds, surrounded by nine smaller ones each weighing approximately 220 pounds. Each one can be lowered and raised independently and manually with a winch system. The entire descent of the chandelier takes approximately half an hour. The system is well preserved and has been operating smoothly since 1912, Oblgazeta.ru reports.

The Opera House has never before released information on the cleaning of its chandeliers, though in honor of its 100th anniversary the Opera House has decided to life the veil of mystery.

It takes dozens of people, including engineers and electricians, several days to inspect the chandelier, according to Oblgazeta.ru.

According to chief engineer Alexander Simaranov, the chandelier is cleaned in order to detect possible damage to the joints and to free it from dust.

The theater has plans to move from incandescent light bulbs to LED lights, which are more energy efficient.