Mauricio Paniagua + Tony Moxham New Fire Flame lamp 01
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Previously shown at Miami 2021 for $2,800.00.
This collection of lighting objects was created between 2020 and 2021 in Mexico City and draws its inspiration from the Aztec New Fire ceremony, a societal “reboot” that occurred every 52 years for the population of Tenochtitlan. The ceremony, held on Mount Tlaloc and visible to the entire city, would begin five days earlier when all fires were extinguished and people cleansed themselves of broken possessions. The November ceremony reverted the entire city into a pre-paleolithic liminal state (on the verge of winter) and its impact was immense. Upon the lighting of the New Fire, the city’s 600 sacred perpetual fires would also be lit, families would light their own hearth fires and life would restart. The pieces in this collection were created by taking pieces of broken Mexico City sidewalk concrete and slip-casting hollow ceramic forms with them. None of the works have light bulbs. Nor do they incorporate lampshades. Each hole has been perforated by hand and each lamp is intricately hand wired with internal LEDs. Each work has been decorated with a custom silver nitrate finish, some also with an additional layer of hand-applied transparent fire color.
15.0 x 58.0 x 18.0 cm (5.9 x 22.8 x 7.1 in)
Mexico City, Mexico
Made to order/
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