Markus Haase, Bronze and Onyx Circlet Chandelier IV, USA, 2023
Composed of a series of tiered, interconnected bronze and onyx ribbons, Markus Haase’s series of lighting, the Circlet Series, creates a sweeping landscape of radiant, sculpted light. Combining a mastery of traditional sculpting techniques with a contemporary, material-driven approach to design, Haase is one of the only artists working today crafting unique works in bronze. Rather than using the casting process as a mechanism for producing multiples, each of his bronze and onyx light sculptures is completely unique.
Haase hand-carves each linear form before using a self-developed technique of casting that destroys the original, rendering each form one-of-a-kind. Onyx is hand-carved and merged with the bronze, diffusing the internal LEDs. The work retains its luminescent quality even when unlit.
In 2013, Haase launched his first series of sculptural design exclusively with Todd Merrill Studio. Since then, his work has attracted the attention of designers and collectors worldwide. Haase creates unique works of art, sculptural pieces of furniture, and lighting design that demonstrate his sculpting virtuosity through his works that imbue wood, metal, and stone with a remarkable sense of fluidity and movement.
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