Illumination is ever-present in our civilization’s mythology. We grew from roving hunters to petty shepherds, from planting alfalfa and corn to constructing engines, all under the majestic lights of the sun, the moon and the stars. In our wonderment we have written the mysteries of light into our legends. Many Boyd designs evoke the mythology of light.
After the war between Titans and Olympians, Zeus and his pantheon of younger gods ruled over earth and humanity. Prometheus, one of the last surviving Titans, gave humans the knowledge of fire, symbolizing the gift of enlightenment. Zeus’s anger, lightning through darkened clouds, can be seen carefully in the design of the Catacaos!
Amaterasu, the Japanese deity of light and the sun, once withheld the sunlight from Japan, hiding in a heavenly cave for generations. She was tricked into reemerging when the other gods placed a celestial mirror outside the cave. Amaterasu believed another goddess of light was set to replace her, but in truth she mistook her own reflection. The mirror, Yata no Kagami, is one of three Imperial Regalia of Japan, representing the virtue of wisdom. Mirrors are longstanding focal points of lighting design, emblematic in our Mirage Sconce!
We all remember Aladdin discovering the enchanted oil lamp, and the djinn that lived within. Boyd’s own Steampunk Sconce embodies the image of the oil lamp, and with nostalgia lamps installed, the mischievous djinn may indeed be the source of light!
In more modern mythology, we see the designs of light mirroring modern and ancient traditions. Tolkien’s creation myth centered around two trees that lit the world before man. The great smith Feanor forged three legendary jewels faceted with the light of those trees, the Silmarils. Though generational tragedy led each jewel to be lost into the sky, the earth and the sea, our Baguette Sconce reimagines the concept of jewel and light!
Of course, what is more distinct in modern myths of light than the lamp post of Narnia? After Lucy ventures through the wardrobe, she discovers a brilliant lamp post amid the swirling, icy winter of Narnia under the White Witch. There she meets Mr. Tumnus, and begins the cycle of adventure for the Pevensie siblings. Two Boyd fixtures are emblematic of the illuminated winter in the Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, our Belvedere Lantern and the Icicle Drop Sconce!
The visionary quality of Boyd Lighting’s designs will only continue, as our Q4 launch approaches. Stay tuned!