"Non Uccidere" di Emilio Isgrò e Mario Botta


The recent technology and miniaturization of LED sources allows a reduction in size of lighting fixtures, with a lower visual impact on the environment. An integrated solution is created with the compositional rhythms of the architect Mario Botta's structure. The Eleven Tables by Maestro Isgrò, with a precise distribution of light, are highlighted by effective lighting. The artistic symbiosis shines




MAXXI Museum, Rome – Italy


Emilio Isgrò
Mario Botta Architects

The work "Non Uccidere" was born from the partnership between Maestro Emilio Isgrò and the architect Mario Botta.
This is a real installation located near the entrance hall of the MAXXI Museum in Rome, a building used for the exhibition of works of art that have marked not only the 21st century but also the contemporary world.
Dedicated to the 75th anniversary of the Constitution, the imposing circular maple wood structure, like a sort of apse, contains, displayed along its arches, the biblical tablets of the Ten Commandments, carved on Sinai stone. Of these, only the text of one table is not erased: "Thou shalt not kill." The writing is also translated into eleven languages.
The message is intended to be universal and bearer of a very clear concept: peace.
The symbiosis between architecture and art has led to a very specific lighting choice, namely that of not considering the lighting already present outside the museum but of inserting recessed, floor-mounted outdoor luminaires with adjustable and dimmable wide flood optics, within the base of the structure itself, positioning them at the center of each of the eleven tables on display. In this way the work can be transferred to new and different environments equipped with a lighting system already incorporated.
The use of luminaires equipped with LED sources with a color temperature of 3000° K allows compliance with regulations but not only that. The wide flood optic allows the volume of the pavilion's ribs to be emphasized, creating rhythm and dynamism within the "shell". The emission of the light beam, excellent color rendering, the absence of reflections and shadows contribute to effective lighting. The objective is the quality of enjoyment of art, inviting the viewer to a profound and personal perception of space.
The light, which is directed from bottom to top, illuminates the work, giving life to plays of light between solids and voids, enhancing both the genius of Maestro Isgrò and the skilful construction of the architect Botta.