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: A bespoken piece with the aesthetic signature of Roumelight brand name, the Goalight Trireme was generated from the fascinating challenge to ‘mix and match’ practice.
Drawing inspiration from an ancient vessel, the famous trireme 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.
In this sense, the piece consists of a reduced reproduction of an ancient Athenian-style trireme that hosts a board game (football) on its deck or, in a different point of view, of a table soccer game that takes the form of an ancient trireme. Furthermore, Olympian Gods’ names are engraved with light on the oars, as an implication of their being involved in an athletic game, playing on opposing teams, as described repeatedly in ancient Hellenic Mythology.
Capitalizing on contemporary interpretation of an ancient timeless emblem whose prominent design still echoes with its innovation, Vasilios Roumeliotis, under his brand Roumelight, dare to turn luminism into an audacious display showing just how much stimulus can be produced by arranging seemingly disparate articles.
Moreover, comparable to the design of trireme that most likely pushed the technical and mechanical edges of the ancient world, today, the reproduced Goalight Trireme lighting piece, draws in the eye, plus leaves an indelible mark upon any interior space, revealing a joyful and intriguing relationship between each piece of which it consists.
He antagonists in tandem, the engraved words on the handrail, like a narrative from the distant past, further become a point of reference with emphasis on the importance of fair play, good sportsmanship and civility. It is the distillation of an ode to Hellenic heritage and timeless ethics as introduced by the ancient Hellenics. Like a sign from the Gods, the word line indicates the eternal ideal of the noble rivalry between individuals who, although they are rivals, in fact, share a common passage and mutual goals.
Therefore, the 12 Gods of Olympus in the role of opposing players, (6 vs 6) are lined up in 2 teams depending on the rivalries that used to characterize the Gods, as for instance Zeus opponent to his spouse Hera, etc. They are also divided according to gender (3 gods and 3 goddesses in each group) and they ‘begin to row in tandem’, spreading the message of fair play.
A dynamic interplay and a unique combination of materials and sources provoke such attention and create so much interest along with rich profundity that make Goalight Trireme piece illuminate with distinction in any kind of space it will be brought to.
Do not miss the chance to experience it!
➞ 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.