Artist/Maker: Vasilios Roumeliotis (b. 1977) / Roumelight
Object/Materials and Techniques: Engraved Metal Canvas
Date: Created in 2019
Dimensions: H. 96 cm. x D. 12 cm. x W. 74 cm.
Colours: Champagne gold
Art style: Light art / Luminism / Lighting sculpture / Industrial design
Current Location: Artist’s collection, Mykonos
Curator’s note: Reflecting the sublime artistry of the first advanced civilization in whole Europe, of the unsurpassed Minoan civilization on the Hellenic island of Crete which is considered to be the most important Bronze Age Aegean civilization, the Prince Of The Lilies lighting piece from the extensive Roumelight lighting collection proves that the Ancient Hellenic perfectionism of the time still keeps on inspiring creatives today.
More specifically, bridging the breadth between diverse aesthetic and artistic approaches, the Prince Of The Lilies luminous piece demonstrates how the theme of one of the most renowned Minoan frescos that dates back to circa 1550 BC (1700-1450 BC the New Palace Period) may be reimagined and reconfigured recoursefully by a contemporary artistic brand, keeping, at the same time, in line with a glorious past.
In this sense, ‘providing an opportunity’ for the Lily prince to re-assume a posture as for today’s artistic purposes, he appears holding a watering pot and supplying with water a plant. The lighting piece is designed so as a small pot of diameter 11cm to fit inside carrying any kind of plant, either a lily or any other living flower or even a plant imitation. It can be customized in different sizes and colouration upon request.
➞ Technical support for assembling or hanging the lighting work is recommended.
This piece constitutes the second installation of a series that refers to the insuperable ancient Hellenic Minoan civilization.
Occupying an upstanding place between functional lighting and art, Roumelight’s strong conceptual practice and fresh perspective, as applied in the Prince Of The Lilies luminous work, expands upon the indelible sense of the character of Minoan life and art, and the prominent Minoan ‘joie de vivre’, generating a new playful object of desire from one of the most familiar iconographies in Archaeology and History of Art.