Noguchi Akari Lighting
Akari Light Sculpture
One of the most important artists of the twentieth century, Isamu Noguchi (1904–88) expanded the traditional notion of sculpture to include the creation of dance sets, gardens, playgrounds, fountains, and furniture. Within this range of spatial environment Isamu Noguchi's Akari Light Sculptures hold a unique place. Noguchi always considered his design work as an extension of his sculpture, bringing to the personal realm of the everyday the principles that infused his artwork—chiefly an elegant organic quality and a deep appreciation for the aesthetic traditions of his Japanese heritage, which does not draw distinctions between practical objects and works of art.
In 1951, on a trip to Japan, Noguchi—by now a famous artist— was asked by the mayor of the small town of Gifu to help revitalize the local lantern industry by creating a modern lamp for export. This was to be made of mulberry-bark paper, in keeping with local craft traditions. Noguchi continued to create his Akari Light Sculptures into the 1980s, eventually designing more than 200 models.
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