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Werner Epstein kinetic light sculpture, Exhibited Salon Des Artistes, Paris,1972

$6,500

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PLEASE refer to the uloaded video of this light sculpture in operation, it creates a stunning otherwordly swirling ethereal lighting effect like a monochrome aurora borealis. Here we have an example of the very rare and famous light sculpture created by the artist Werner Epstein and edited in a very small edition by 'Inter Neo', France in 1970. It is both beautiful in its elegant sculptural form and in its magical , ethereal lighting effect. This design was exhibited at the 1972 'Salon des Artistes et Decorateurs' held at the Grand Palais des champs Elysees in Paris, and is published in the original exhibition catalogue. Please see scan from exhibition catalogue. PLEASE SEE IMAGE 5 Unfotunately the static images can only capture just a very basic static idea of some of the light formations created as the sculptural spiral aluminum element slowly rotates as it captures the rising thermal energy emitted by the concealed incandescent light bulb in the base , there is no motor , just pure physics and poetry in motion. I have to repeat that the static photos really do not do this beautiful design any justice at all, the slowly evolving swirling ribbons of light reflecting off the surface of the slowly rotating aluminum spiral create a magical , organic and otherworldly lighting effect which is initially captured on the polished surface of the spiral element itself before being thrown outward as continuous swirling ribbons of light which are captured on the surfaces of the walls, floor and ceiling creating an extremely ethereal ,soothing and meditative lighting effect.. This is one of the most famous ,beautiful and rare of all the French avant garde lighting designs from the 1960s and early 1970s period comparable in rarity with Jacques Ribeyre's and Ben Swilden's iconic lamp designs. This lamp is very seldom seen on the market and from its obvious beauty I can see why collectors are reluctant to part with them. The lamp is a true collectors piece and comes from a private collection , it is fully signed with an impressed dated manufacturer's mark on the underside of the wooden portion of the base and even comes complete with its original box and packing materials. The lamp is in lovely condition, it appears that it has not been used very often as the spiral is still tightly coiled when hung and has not yet become stretched and elongated as you see on some examples due to the effects of gravity over time. The spiral form coils flat and the three part main central vertical supporting stem can be dismantled into three shorter sections for compact and cheap shipping in the original small box, please see photos.. Literature: Original 1972 exhibition catalogue , 47th Salon de la Societe des artistes Decorateurs , 18 February - 12 March 1972, unpaginated, Grand palais des champs elysees, Paris. Please see image 5.

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