“It was in Carrara where Michelangelo embarked on a series of life-threatening expeditions to secure the same blocks of precious white Carrara marble stone for his celebrated âPietÃ â and âMosesâ masterpiece sculptures. Like the vitality of human flesh, the ephemeral material used for the Manhattan Lamp becomes more than just a sculptural medium; a juxtaposition between the sheer scale of the monumental stone volumes and the pristine Italian mountain-scape.
Producing an orange glow similar to a Tuscan sunset, the handcrafted two-part table lamp by Canadian designer Rodrigo Caula shines through from what appears to be a solid piece of marble, only to reveal its hidden network of veins and intricate surface structure. The Manhattan Lamp is connected by a retracting cord, which extends in length by five meters to accommodate a variety of different resting positions.
The Apuan Alps are a region of unique and incomparable beauty, containing immense deposits of marble; an approximate a surface area of 67 km2 and a volume of 60,000 million cubic metres. Notable for its white an blue-grey color properties, different types of Marble are to be found in three principal gullies or canali: Torano, Miseglia, and Colonnata, home to Michelangeloâs marble supply.”