It’s easy to forget with all the interior decorating uses that we showcase that gold leaf has a long history in art – after all, for all of human history the lustre of gold has been one of the most alluring and intoxicating colours. It’s no small wonder that gold has been a staple of artwork for millennia with it’s scintillating finish has come to represent purity, warmth and incorruptibility.
Joann de Morges is a Swiss artist who specialises in bringing out these true meanings and spirits of materials by using it in new and interesting ways and her latest piece, L’infinite, is no different, making clever use of gold and Swarovski crystals to represent the glorious past, happy present and bright future of the United Arab Emirates. The gold finish clearly represents not only the opulence and wealth of culture of the Emirates but also it’s future, a glittering and untarnished one that will last until infinity, giving the piece it’s name – L’Infinité.
This modest represtation of a modest tent represents the pivotal moment where the fathers of the U.A.E., Sheikh Zayed and Sheikh Rashid, met to lay down the basis of it’s shining future.
The towering pole represents the monumental achievements of the U.A.E. from it’s roots in the past off into the future.
Each of the 43 gilt leaves branching out from the pole represent each glorious anniversary of the founding of the U.A.E., the gold mobius strip topping the pole represents the U.A.E.’s history stretching off into infinity
A close up of one of 43 individually hand-gilded leaves.
The base of the sculpture has seven floodlights with each light representing one of the seven Emirates that make up the U.A.E.
The sculpture with the seven lights serving as beacons, illuminating the illustrious history of the U.A.E.