Eau de Cologne: Mercury by Ross Lovegrove for Artemide

Although not technically part of the show – but rather forming part of the “Highlights” lighting show in the IMM Pure Village –  one highlight (he he) of the first day was without doubt Mercury by Ross Lovegrove for Artemide.

Every time we approach Mercury we are reminded of the USS Enterprise from Star Trek; and every time upon closer inspection we can’t remember why from a distance it always reminds us of such.
Essentially a pile of bright silver rocks hanging from the roof – we assume that the form is meant to represent globules of liquid mercury; but equally assume most folks wont get the reference –  the genius of Mercury comes from the fact that the lighting elements are on the open top surface of the rocks/globules.
The result is the wonderfully bright yet unobtrusive light that reflects from the surrounding rocks/globules.
And of course the wonderful shadows on the roof.

Very few works of art work as lights; being as they are often far too ornate and overly complex.

Mercury by Ross Lovegrove works wonderfully.

mercury ross lovegrove artemide

Mercury by Ross Lovegrove for Artemide

mercury ross lovegrove artemide

Mercury by Ross Lovegrove for Artemide ... here with the Tolomeo standard lamp

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