Artist/Maker: Vasilios Roumeliotis (b. 1977) / Roumelight
Object/Materials and Techniques: Iron / Aluminum / Acrylic Glass / Oak Wood / Beech Wood / Plexiglass / Vinyl
Date: Created in 2013
Dimensions: H. 55 cm. x W. 140 cm. x L. 210 cm.
Colours: Black / Grey / Champagne / Silver
Art style: Light art / Luminism / Lighting sculpture
Current Location: Artist’s collection, Athens
Curator’s note: ‘The Distillation of an Ode to Ancient Hellenic Heritage’
A timeless symbol is recreated into a playful object of desire through the fascinating challenge to ‘mix and match’ practice.
Drawing inspiration from the celebrated trireme -the ancient vessel that is considered to be the foremost warship in the Mediterranean during the 7th to 4th centuries BC- the Goalight Trireme lighting piece epitomizes the desire of Roumelight brand, and especially the passion of its founder, Vasilios Roumeliotis, for statement lighting design and elaborated creativity in getting the most out of a confluence of complexly arranged elements.
Goalight Trireme may dually be conceived, either as a reduced reproduction of the ancient Athenian-style trireme hosting a board soccer game on its deck, or as a table soccer game that takes the form of the prominent ancient trireme.
Within the role of players, the 12 Gods of Olympus, (6 vs 6) are lined up in two opposing teams depending on the rivalries that used to characterize them, and repeatedly were described in ancient Hellenic Mythology, for instance Zeus opponent to his spouse Hera, etc. They are also divided according to gender (3 gods and 3 goddesses in each group).
The names of the 12 Olympian Gods are engraved with light on the oars in addition to a textural line on the handrail: He antagonists in tandem.
The linear quote, just like a wondrous sign from the Gods, serves to indicate the eternal ideal of noble rivalry between human beings, and brings attention to the fact that, although they are rivals, share common passage and mutual human goals. Additionally, like a narrative from the distant past, the engraved words further become a point of reference with emphasis on the importance of fair play, good sportsmanship and civility.
Do so, being involved in a game, the 12 Gods of Olympus ‘begin to row in tandem’ spreading the timeless ethics message, as introduced in Ancient Hellas.
Moreover, just like the design of trireme most likely pushed the technical and mechanical edges of the ancient world, the reproduced Goalight Trireme luminaire, draws in the eye, and leaves an indelible mark upon any interior space since it reveals a joyful and intriguing relationship between each piece of which it consists.
Towards that end, the artist, capitalizing on contemporary interpretation of an ancient timeless emblem whose prominent design still echoes with its innovation, dares to turn luminism into an audacious display showing just how much stimulus may be produced by arranging seemingly disparate articles.
A dynamic interplay and a unique combination of materials and sources, along with rich profundity, provoke such attention, and create so much interest that make Goalight Trireme illuminate with distinction in any kind of space it will be brought to.
Do not miss the chance to experience its exceptional ‘luminosity’!
- Fashioned of iron, wood and acrylic glass, the Goalight Trireme is designed to be viewed from below.
- It may be mounted on a wall at a recommended height of 3 meters or installed as a pendant, if the ceiling’s height is at least 4 meters.
- It’s best to be installed at an angle so that the ship’s deck is visible from below.
- Instead of three rows of oars that defines the original trireme, herein, only one is used which functions as central game control.
- The light emanating from the players’ heads is dimmable while there is an option for separate lighting of the paddles with the names of the Gods.
- Technical support for assembling or hanging the lighting work is recommended.