Paul Renner


45 x 33 x 10 cm


Eight bronze herrings form the branches of the lamp and support the candles. The base has the shape of a bone of a large animal. The artist starts from the concept of coincidentia oppositorum: fish is food, but it is also water, moisture; placing fire (the candle) on water is a paradoxical notion that involves an understanding of the complexity of the symbols. The bone symbolises the sacrifice. It is thus the final link in the chain, food-water-fire-sacrifice, also introducing an inter-religious aspect and involving a pun on the words “kosher” and “coscia” (the Italian word for “thigh”).

Other lights from the collection