Sculpture by other means |
Isamu Noguchi, Akari lamps - L1, 1976: “Akari means light in Japanese, its written ideograph the sun and the moon. In oldest days, it was customary to say “bring an Akari”, just as we would say “bring a light”. Akari suggest also lightness in the same way as light does. This is why I named my lanterns Akari.
Akari are light in weight, they bring lightness and light together, but what is of even greater significance to me is the quality of light they shed. Due to the paper (handmade) there is a human warmth which we miss in our too perfect human materials. It is as if, though the candles have gone, still the spirit of the flickering flame remains bedded in the warmth texture of paper, bamboo and Wa. As a foil to our harsh mechanized existence, they recall an older, quieter time to relax us.” #akarilightsculpture #lamp #sculpture #light #lightness #noguchi #nyc #design #art #akari #akariunfolded @noguchimuseum