Raise the curtain: Robert Wilson and Slamp’s ’La Traviata’ lights electrify Watermill’s auction
High design met emerging talent this weekend in the Hamptons. The yearly summer auction at the Robert Wilson-founded Watermill Centre hosted its 23rd bidding war, with proceeds going towards the organisation’s programme for the talent of tomorrow.
Taking centre stage at this year’s soirée was an extra special donation of eight ’La Traviata’ light sculptures from Wilson and lighting brand Slamp. Unveiled earlier this year at Wallpaper* Handmade, the electrifying pieces were limited editions made for the auction, each with their own transfixing style that Wilson describes as a ’frozen storm, like fire and ice together, you have two extremes’.
Keeping in line with Wilson’s theatrical background, the unique pieces were dramatically sculpted on-site over five days, coming together as a cinematic installation amid all of the action. The formations of the glowing sculptures have been carefully documented on film, so viewers can watch the Lentiflex lightning bolts come together on the green grounds of the centre, leading up to the big reveal at the event itself.
Simon de Pury continued the fun at the ’Party of the Summer in the Hamptons’ by auctioning off the chandeliers at Saturday’s event for $120,000. Alongside Wilson’s wares, there was a selection of design pieces up for grabs from the likes of the Campana brothers, Chris Wolston and Nan Goldin.