EDEN

Eden is a lighting installation for interior architecture that interprets the three key moments of the Old Testament parable of the emigration of Adam and Eve to Heaven. The objects in EDEN are united by a distinctive style and vision – a combination of soft shapes and a bold choice of colors where functional and decorative meet and interact.
The installation is a combination of exquisite sculptures and designer lamps. In both sculptures, The Fall of Adam and The Fall of Eve are used elements that resemble the form of the tempting serpent, the branches of the tree of life and the rib of Adam. The third sculpture, The sin represents the temptation and the moment when Eve bites the apple.

The Fall of Adam
The elongated dynamic shapes are arranged from high to low and resemble a wave that has risen and is about to break. The shapes also represent Adam’s rib and the serpent. The serpent appears as a symbol almost everywhere around us and brings its energy – wise and eternal. On the one hand, the serpent is a symbol of death and the underworld, and on the other – of wisdom and life. World mythology defines the serpent as a universal symbol of living energy. It keeps the greatest knowledge, all the knowledge that can exist. The serpent is the spiral of the beginning change in whose center are Adam and Eve. The serpent also reminds of the uninterrupted connection to the earth, the need for observation and awareness, the indissoluble connection between the heat of the earth and the freshness of the air and the sky. When we learn to connect with our essence, we can continue on the path of personal growth and get rid of the traps of the past.
The black flat glass base is symbolically associated with the black color in our culture, with the hereafter and the death, the evil forces and the misfortune.

The Fall of Eve
The fourteen inflated elongated blown crystal shapes are composed of flame-like rays that excite women’s curiosity and prompt Eve to reach the forbidden fruit. The blown plastics are stained with selenium oxide in pink tint. The choice of pink shade of blown glass plastics is dictated by the symbolism of color. Pink has opposite meanings. “Pink glasses” represent the emergence of reality and is synonymous with impracticality. The pink carries the sweet side of the red.
The LED’s are placed in the metal sockets that fasten the blown elements to a white glass base. The use of the white color is not accidental. In Bulgarian folklore, white is the color of innocence and beauty. White is the face of the most beautiful girl, which should be Eve, the forerunner of all women. White is also associated with death, and the fall.
The Sin
The sculpture of The Sin uses circular shapes that resemble the shape of the apple bitten from Eve in the Bible. The fruit of knowledge is transposed into the crystal material and is hand-made in eight shapes of varying sizes. For the coloration of the lead crystal, gold oxide and selenium oxide are added to the hot lead glass during the blowing process. The red color combines aggression and love, passion and life. The warm nuances of the red cause almost always a strong emotion. China is considered the color of life. In the psychology, red connects with unfulfilled desires, readiness to act, and simultaneously combines the power of love and war. The base of the sculpture is composed of float glass, cut into the desired shape and colored in black. Thus, on the black base, the blown forms clearly appear with their transparency and color, which is reflected in the black glass surface. The black color is symbolic again to the sculpture, and its choice draws attention to potential danger and reminiscent of a hiding place for dark forces that can shake Heaven fundamentally and lead to exile. After the coloring, the flat glass is bent in a special glass furnace. The crystal apples are attached to the base is by metal clips that also hold the LEDs that illuminate the glass apples from the inside.


Project NameEDENCategoryGlass SculptureYear2017Used TechnicBlown lead crystal, glass, metal, LED

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