Light: Obelus I

2014

Object

Designer

Mathias Leppitsch, Austrian, 1971-
Born: Frankenthal, Germany
Work Locations: Denver, CO

Locale

Country

Object Info

Object: lamp
Not currently on view
Object ID: 2014.61

Medium/Technique

Concrete, steel, and electric components

Credit

Gift of Mathias Leppitsch

More Info

Dimensions

length: 27 in, 68.5800 cm; width: 8 in, 20.3200 cm; height: 16 in, 40.6400 cm

Department

Architecture and Design

Known Provenance

Gifted 2014 by Mathias Leppitsch, Denver, Colorado to the Denver Art Museum.

Extended Info

Mathias Leppitsch
Austrian, born West Germany 1971
Light: Obelus I
2014
Concrete, steel, and electric components
Gift of the designer, 2014.61

Denver-based Mathias Leppitsch’s Light: Obelus I is a light-emitting sculpture with a cast concrete shade element and curved metal stand. Light: Obelus I builds on Leppitsch’s longstanding interest in hydraulically inflated sheet steel sculpture and the re-appropriation of this fabrication method to create a related, yet ever evolving body of work. An exploration of contrasts, the lamp’s concrete lighting element has an unusual soft, pillow-like appearance and seemingly “floats” over the thin metal base. The work blurs the line between functional object and sculpture, being equally interesting both turned on and off.