White Night #1 — Limited edition
White Night opens a research on Urban Light Objects (U.L.O) and is derived from a series of photos of hairdressers signs taken in Japan and China.
Whether displayed on street corners, on either side of a shop window, or coated in garish colors, these luminous signs decline, in a variation of forms and effects, the original blue-white-red version of the barber’s pole lamp. These images reveal a collection of re-appropriation acts, as a sideway move from the usual view of this popular icon that signals in the city.
It is from this urban framework – between function and ornament, kitsch and technical beauty, light and kineticism – that we in turn have captured this object. The formal vocabulary that characterizes the object is preserved (cylinder, spiral, luminous tube) but redesigned in a minimalist and refined way. The light source is assumed and draws a vertical line around which is articulated the volume of the object.
In both versions, the graphic and visual strength of the moving pattern is highlighted by a subtle interplay between the transparency of the tube and the translucency or opacity of the ribbon.
The work centered around the spiral emphasizes the complementarity between the light and the aesthetic properties of the materials used.
Version #1, in aluminum, gives the object a radical aesthetic through its monochrome finish. The ornamental and decorative character of the spiral then takes on a more technical and urban dimension, between a reflector and a reflective strip.