Akari to­day, pa­per and light sculp­ture

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Two shows at the Noguchi Mu­seum in New York cel­e­brate the fu­ture and past of the Akari lamp-sculp­ture. “Akari: Sculp­ture by Other Means” cov­ers the past: in 1951, Noguchi was asked by the mayor of Gifu City to re­vive the lo­cal lantern in­dus­try. He was in­spired by night fish­ing light at­trac­tors, adding elec­tric­ity: Noguchi cre­ated over 200 mod­els and 31 patents. In­stead, “Akari Un­folded: A Col­lec­tion by Ymer&Malta” looks to the fu­ture: five con­tem­po­rary de­sign­ers in­ter­pret the Akari and cre­ate a col­lec­tion of 26 lamps for the French gallery Ymer&Malta. www.noguchi.org

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