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"Akari" Lamp

Designed by Isamu Noguchi, American, 1904 - 1988. Made by George Kovacs Lighting, Inc., New York, 1954 - present.

Made in United States, North and Central America

Designed 1960s

Mino-gami (mulberry bark paper), bamboo, metal

6 feet 3 inches × 50 inches (190.5 × 127 cm) Crate: 48 1/2 inches × 48 3/4 inches × 2 inches (123.2 × 123.8 × 5.1 cm)

© The Isamu Noguchi Foundation and Garden Museum, New York / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

Curatorial Department:
European Decorative Arts and Sculpture

Object Location:

Currently not on view

Accession Number:

Credit Line:
Gift of the artist, 1979

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This handcrafted paper lamp--its design based on traditional Japanese lanterns--reflects the lifelong interest of Isamu Noguchi in the integration of light and sculpture. Given the name Akari, which Noguchi says "suggests lightness as opposed to weight," the lamp is from a series of some eighty paper lamps designed by the sculptor that range from simple spheres to columns of prismatic shapes and stacked blocks.