Synodic Sconce
Neal Aronowitz

Concept Statement:
Nightlight brings mankind in touch with the mysteries of space and the farther reaches of the universe. The moon, traditionally our principal source of nightlight, can evoke strong emotions- from fear and terror to peace and calm.
The celestial movements of earth, sun, and moon govern the lunar or synodic month, with the familiar shifting moon phases.
Synodic Sconce is a representation of these moon phases and an expression of this beguiling celestial dance. Twenty eight blown glass globes are arranged in a vertical arcing pathway over Black Galaxy Granite. The broncite scales within the granite glitter like the night sky. The glass globes, internally illuminated with LED bulbs, are hand painted black to evoke the gradual waxing and waning of the moon cycle. Mirror polished stainless steel borders the sconce.
Resonant with cosmic mystery, Synodic Sconce is familiar and enchanting, an illuminated sculptural light source and object of contemplation.

Project Specs:
Hand blown glass globes.
Black Galaxy Granite.
Mirror polished stainless steel.
LED bulbs.
Dimensions: 68" tall x 6" wide x 2" deep.
172 cm tall x 15 cm wide x 5 cm deep.

Neal Aronowitz, a Brooklyn, NY native has been living and working in Portland, Oregon since 1995. After studying art and architecture in NY and Massachusetts he founded a successful construction company, while building furniture on the side.

Neal recently made the irrevocable decision to dust off and crack open those piles of sketchbooks and foray into the more experimental, riskier pieces that have been unrealized dreams.

Inspiration abounds and there is no turning back now!


Place of Origin:
Portland, Oregon, USA