The Sebastian - night light
A night-light in the form of top male model Sebastian Sauve.
A single LED bulb creates a subtle glow illuminating Sebastian's face and creating a shadow of his silhouette behind. When you wake up in the middle of the night Sebastian will be there, but don't worry he's not starting at you, he's staring at himself.
The project is in collaboration with the artist Stuart Sandford who originally created the 20-inch statue entitled 'Sebastian' (2013). The piece takes its cue from the male form in classical sculpture but reinvents the pose for the modern day. Working with top male model Sebastian Sauve as the inspiration, we see the model caught in a pose taking his own picture, raising themes of narcissism and self-admiration as well as a comment on the icon and its place in contemporary culture.
The light source is in the camera that Sebastian is holding creating a glow around his face and a beautiful shadow on the wall behind.
The model, Sebastian was scanned in 3D by the artist Stuart Sandford using state of the art technology from specialist 3D scanning company Sample & Hold. The night-light idea was conceived by Tarek in collaboration with the artist, with the addition of the LED light source in the camera and plinth upon which Sebastian stands. The entire piece is 3D printed, and then hand-finished in London.
Find out more about the model, Sebastian Sauve here!
Sebastian Sauve is ranked amongst the 50 top male models in the world. His boyish yet masculine appearance coupled with a classical look is ideal for a project that not only takes its inspiration from classical sculpture but also reflects the definition of masculine beauty in the 21st Century.
And more about the artist, Stuart Sandford here!
Stuart Sandford has exhibited his photographic, video and installation work in New York, London, Berlin, Basel, Rotterdam, Rome, Madrid, and Vienna, amongst others. His work has been featured in magazines and publications internationally, includingMetal,GT, Maenner, attitude, Tush, Dazed & Confused, BUTT, and Objektiv, the Norwegian journal of contemporary photography.
The first set of three photographs are by the photographer Simon Maxwell.
The second set of three photographs are by Tarek Merlin.
The third set of three photographs are copyright Stuart Sandford.