Artist/Maker: Vasilios Roumeliotis (b. 1977) / Roumelight
Object/Materials and Techniques: Cement Paint / Coated Metal Frame / Acrylic Glass
Date: Created in 2017
Dimensions: H. 110 cm. x D. 50 cm. x L. 175 cm.
Colours: Embossed Lava Grey
Art style: Light art / Luminism / Lighting sculpture
Current Location: Artist’s collection, Mykonos
Curator’s note: Titled after the name the archaeologists gave to the room in which they discovered the famous Phaistos Disc, the XL 101 lighting piece, from the Roumelight lighting collection, echoes the era evoked by the luminous rendition of the unique fired clay artefact from the Minoan palace of Phaistos -on the island of Crete, possibly dating back to the 2nd millennium BC (middle or late Minoan Bronze Age).
The work presents both sides of Phaistos Disc embodied in the wheels of a classic racing bike. The handlebars of the bicycle end up in bright cones fashioned of acrylic glass, simulating the horns of the Minotaur; another intriguing element that makes reference to Minoan civilization and derives from ancient Hellenic Mythology.
The rotating force, the momentum and the spin of the bicycle is related to the widely known strength and power of Minotaur; the mythical creature who dwelt at the maze-like construction, Labyrinth, which was built on the command of King Minos of Crete.
Furthermore, exceptional emphasis is given on the flow of information and the indecipherable code behind the Disc’s signs through the torque of the light wheels engraved in acrylic glass. Additionally, the ash-like colour of the bike’s frame brings in mind charred archaeological ruins.
Drawing inspiration from the fact that, according to archaeological researches, the ‘Phaistos Disc remains a hapax’, the present impressive work actually aims to ‘put in the spotlight’ and ‘shine on’ the status of the mysterious and unresolved context of the Disc’s stamped symbols which, despite the ambitious attempts of amateur and professional archaeologists for a meaningful analysis, still stay hard-coded.
This piece constitutes the second installation of a series that refers to the colossal ancient Hellenic Minoan civilization.
Contemporary interpretations, as delivered by the executive XL 101 lighting piece, from the Roumelight lighting collection, married with glorious past moments of a celebrated ancient Hellenic kingdom, develop the condition for any interior space to sense the timeless fortress aura of the XL 101 room of the Minoan Palace.
‘The unsurpassed Minoan spirit capturing in iconic style.’ Dare to display it into your place.
➞ The alignment of the second wheel has a slight shift of some lines and symbols, quite unobtrusive, but, if necessary, the rear wheel can be re-engraved.
➞ The colour of the emitting light is warm white.
➞ Technical support for assembling or hanging the lighting work is recommended.