Artist/Maker: Vasilios Roumeliotis (b. 1977) / Roumelight
Object/Materials and Techniques: Engraved Metal Canvas
Date: Created in 2016
Dimensions: H. 90 cm. x D. 4 cm. x W. 60 cm.
Colours: Champagne Gold (currently in stock)
Art style: Light art / Luminism / Lighting sculpture / Industrial design
Current Location: Artist’s collection, Athens
Curator’s note: The Everlasting Hug from the Roumelight lighting collection exemplifies stylishness through design, simplicity and form.
Seven (7) lines on a metal canvas set up a shapely interpretation of modern sensibility, capturing the senses with their artfully arrangement in a schematic display of the act of embracing between two people in terms of affection.
Being significant since ancient times, number 7, across many cultures, is considered to be a prime number and particularly interesting within various properties as in religion, mythology, superstition or philosophy. Throughout history, it has been associated with a great deal of symbolism representing perfection, excellence and wholeness, plus linked with major values (7 virtues, 7 sins, etc.). In Western culture it is often considered lucky.
As the artist himself, founder of Roumelight, Vasilios Roumeliotis, comments on his conception of his work: ‘Here, 7 lines form a warm embrace in a depiction of what makes life worth living.’
The hug lasts as long as you keep the light on! A soft warm white light escapes from the metal canvas forming an enthralling frame on the wall.
The back of the metal canvas is unpainted (sheet metal with rust), however, the original idea was for the whole work (including the champagne facade) to have the look and texture of rust, providing a special appeal to the work. There is, if desired, the possibility of painting the back of the canvas in any colour, or, even more, it is conceivable of making a whole new custom-made construction of different dimensions, plus colouration of canvas and emitting light.
➞ Technical support for assembling or hanging the lighting work is recommended.
The Everlasting Hug lighting piece constitutes a smooth coexistence of form, function and light with the 7 fine lines accentuating, completing and ’embracing’ its elegant design.