It was in Carrara where Michelangelo embarked on a series of life-threatening expeditions to secure the same blocks of precious white Carrara marble stone for his celebrated ‘Pietà’ and ‘Moses’ masterpiece sculptures. Like the vitality of human flesh, the ephemeral material used for the Manhattan Lamp becomes more than just a sculptural medium; a juxtaposition between the sheer scale of the monumental stone volumes and the pristine Italian mountain-scape.
Producing an orange glow similar to a Tuscan sunset, the handcrafted two-part table lamp by Canadian designer Rodrigo Caula shines through from what appears to be a solid piece of marble, only to reveal its hidden network of veins and intricate surface structure. The Manhattan Lamp is connected by a retracting cord, which extends in length by five meters to accommodate a variety of different resting positions.
The Apuan Alps are a region of unique and incomparable beauty, containing immense deposits of marble; an approximate a surface area of 67 km2 and a volume of 60,000 million cubic metres. Notable for its white an blue-grey color properties, different types of Marble are to be found in three principal gullies or canali: Torano, Miseglia, and Colonnata, home to Michelangelo’s marble supply.