LUNARS

Isamu Noguchi first envisioned illuminated sculpture in a model for a neon work in the late 1920s, and then in his 1933 design of a Musical Weathervane. But it was in the 1940s that he created his first sculptures of this kind, which he called Lunars. Made of magnesite enclosing light bulbs, these sculptures employed the biomorphic curves of Surrealism, and took the form of both reliefs and freestanding sculptures. In 1947-48 Noguchi created three dramatic lunar interiors, making the notion of illuminated sculpture fully environmental. Noguchi's most well-known light sculptures, however, are his line of Akari, fabricated of mulberry paper and bamboo. Beginning in 1951, Noguchi continued to design Akari models for the rest of his career.

1943 - 1977
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