dark 'til dawn

the conception

The dark ‘til dawn series was conceived as a meeting point for the art of American poet Shelly Bryant and Chinese artist Peter Zhou (周宇). By bringing together two distinctive art forms from two different cultures, a unique new work has been forged. Each collectible art piece began with a haiku written by Bryant. Zhou’s paintings and lamp designs were built to give visual impact to the imagery that is central to Bryant’s haiku.

this is my lamp, number 28 of 30
this is my lamp, number 28 of 30

My Lamp

This is the lamp that I am keeping, number 28 of 30. It was hard to choose which one I wanted, but I settled on this one because

• I like all three parts (poem, painting, and lamp)

• I like the way all three parts fit together

• of the lamps that I liked best, it is the easiest to fit into my living space

The poem on this lamp is as follows

hidden from light’s touch

star-lined moonflowers unfold

a lone moth cradled

You can see the PDF catalog of all of the lamps, where the pictures are better.

©2009 Shelly Bryant

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heart4theword 6 years ago from hub

Interesting, what a great combination of useful art:) I picture being across the room, being drawn by the light, to see the drawing and the writing:) Great Design!

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Shelly Bryant 6 years ago from Singapore and/or Shanghai Author

Thanks! We had a great time creating the series. It was a wonderful process, and I am pleased with the results.

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Docmo 5 years ago from UK

beautiful Haiku complemented by the splendid design. marvellous ambience and mood it evokes. Outstanding!

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Shelly Bryant 5 years ago from Singapore and/or Shanghai Author

Thanks Docmo! It was a really fun project to work on. Peter Zhou is an amazing artist with a wonderful vision of the world. I loved how he translated the poems into a new idiom.

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