JEWEL OF THE UNIVERSE | ABOUT THE ARTIST | FACTS & FIGURES

Created by English-Chinese artist Chris Chamberlain, 'Jewel of the Universe' shows the entire world from a God-like perspective of looking down from space. It consists of around a third of a million hand-cut pieces of stained glass - with almost all of those pieces having been cut by the artist himself. It also consists of over 60,000 Swarovski crystals, 4 rubies, 3 emeralds and a diamond. Over 2,000 of the swarovski crystals are placed to represent the world's top towns and cities.

Click here for a list of the countries, towns and cities depicted by Swarovski crystals

Rubies and emeralds indicate spiritual centres such as Jerusalem and Mecca. Thousands of turquoise-coloured pieces, each the size of a grain of rice, depict the great lakes and rivers of the world such as the Nile, Amazon, Yangtze, Mississippi and Ganges.

Click here for feedback from people who saw it during its exhibition at the ROA Gallery, Pall Mall, London in December 2012