Iguassú Falls Lithophane Night Light

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Hand made in Irvine, CA using techniques from a lost art of the 1800’s called “Lithophanes.” Light shining through the varied thicknesses of thin porcelain causes an image to appear in the lit porcelain. Crafted by first carving the image in wax while illuminated from behind, then making a plaster mold of the carving, and finally casting it in fine porcelain and firing it at a high temperature for 12 hours to give the porcelain its translucency.

This lithophane marks the historic, though fleeting, association between operatic singer Madaleni Delani and memory researcher Geoffrey Sonnabend at Iguassú Falls, Argentina in 1936.

More information on the Delani/Sonnabend Halls can be found here.