“4Watt Wooden Hermann Lamp”
installation by Johnny Hermann, alter-ego of designer Mauro Savoldi.
The installation comprises 50 lamps in a variety of woods – pine, beech,
mahogany, alder and tulip. These unique pieces are all handmade. The
interplay of grain and bands of colours give these objects the
appearance of ancestral heirlooms. They evoke stone, immovability, the
slow accumulation of dust and the inexorable passage of time. Concepts
that are, in fact, the antithesis of light. Energy imprisoned in the
material. Like a lamp that for decades, with infinite constancy, casts
its faint light to create an unthreatening and reassuring cocoon, the
“4Watt” installation uses its restrained glow to entrap the magic of an
invisible yet unceasing light.