Luminous astral

mark_pascal.jpgI do enjoy the festive season.

Pretty lights – that Xmas cheer – tho you do tend to get over the red and green…….or in our case the hot pink and grassy green of the Xmas banners flapping around town at the mo – does anyone actually like it??!?

Heading down to a fav watering hole on a balmy (thank GOD!) Melbourne eve – I was delighted to discover this new lighting installation in the Atrium of Fed Square.

Dreamy, delicate – hopeful.

What a beautiful installation I thought – perfect for the location.

The Atrium, with the sun slanting throwing shadows – looks better than ever.

Festive without the usual tinsel mayhem – visual poetry.

I discovered after a few clean ales, that the mastermind behind the installation was none other than Mark Pascal, one of Melbourne’s own “emerging” industrial designers – with a flair with lighting.

I say “emerging” as Melbourne is truly on the creative cusp – we are in the presence of greatness when in comes to creativity……designers travel a long hard road here in Melbourne – but when you love it and live it – it’s worth every second – and it shows.

more after the jump

Pascal is better known for his design work in lighting and ceramics.

Born in Australia, he studied fine art, painting and printmaking at the VCA, it was only after a hiatus of 10 years before he return to study – this time in industrial design at RMIT.

eyoiyoi01.jpgHis most popular work to date is the Eyoi Yoi Lamp – one that I’m sure you’ve seen. Like a sea creature – reminds me of the late great kinetic artist Alexander Calder.

Tongue + Groove, the emporium of I want NOW! on Smith Street stock them and I do believe I saw them at ReadyMadeMarket awhile ago.

Of his work, Pascal says

I am an emotive and tactile person, I love to play with materials and ways of shaping them, to make things that are functional is what I do, so I like to blend the form with the function when making things that make you go wow!


Wow! – indeed.

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