Gratis et Amore Dei

The anonymous collective Paradisiartificiali is experimenting with new models for organizing the creative process. All activities for conceiving and developing projects are the outcome of teams that are always composed of different people, found mainly through the Internet, who are then asked to work together, promoting the principles of sharing and the exchange of knowledge. Each of Paradisiartificiali’s projects starts as a long-distance collaboration among people from different parts of the planet and operatively connected online, thanks to the use of instruments such as Skype and Teamviewer. We have established that the people involved in the work groups must be strictly anonymous. The widespread opinion today is that the potential offered by the digital revolution has made the idea of exclusive and identifiable authorship in creative processes obsolete.

The collective’s most recent intriguing initiative has been to self-produce small wall lamps as a tribute to abandoned places of worship. After making dozens of sconces, the team installed them in the numerous niches and chapels in the little churches that dot some of the rural areas of northern Italy. Many of these very ancient places are now in ruins due to depopulation of the countryside over the past few decades. Gratis et Amore Dei is not only a decorative object, but it is also a symbolic gesture, assigning a guardian angel to each of these beautiful and enchanted places that risk being forgotten in the modern age.
Paradisiartificiali then thought that Gratis et Amore Dei could also serve as the guardian angel of every child. The angel was redeveloped in an alternative version created with children in mind. A music box that plays lullabies was added to it, making Gratis et Amore Dei a charming night light for cribs and night stands.