The sphere is one of the most frequently used geometric shapes in art.
In fact, besides alluding to the shape of our planet, the sphere is also symbol of the infinite for some philosophers and artists, such as the Dutch artist, Maurits Escher, who sees an infinite plane in the sphere’s surface.
The spatialist Lucio Fontana, born in Argentina, created various works called ‘Palloni’, irregular spherical-shaped sculptures in ceramic, terracotta or bronze.
The Venetian sculptor, Gianfranco Meggiato, produced his ‘Beehive sphere’, a creation to represent our inner essence. According to the artist, the gold is the metal of the Gods and, in the sphere, there are reflected all the steps of life, where some tiny, often black tubes, represent life’s difficult moments.
In the inner courtyard of the Vatican Museums, there is a work by the Italian Arnaldo Pomodoro, one of the world’s more famous contemporary sculptors. The sculpture of a sphere with another smaller sphere inside it suggests that outside space no longer exists.
The Atomium designed by Belgian architect André Waterkeyn is a monument located in Heysel Park of Brussels. It is a landmark building entirely in steel, comprising nine spheres representing the atoms of an iron crystal.
Genoa-born Renzo Piano’s ‘Biosphere’ is a spherical shaped structure in steel and glass, built in his hometown beside the Aquarium in the Old Port of Genoa. Inside it, there are tropical plants and animals typical of the region, thus giving it its ‘Biosphere’ name.
The circle in three dimensions is the sphere and the sphere in its perfection represents God.
All the planets, expressions of light and spiritual gifts, take the shape of the sphere. Man’s energy centres can be represented as spheres of light which revolve around themselves. The sphere is an energy exchange. A sphere, composed of several types of crystal, can be a tool to be used to give a clear view in every dimension at its present-past-future centre. Clairvoyants can therefore see what they wish. The sphere therefore is a powerful means of attracting and transmitting divine energy.
According to Hindus, all that is circular is sacred and, in their history, as long as it has been there to protect its people, the nation has flourishing and prospered.
It seems that for the purpose of divining, the sphere became popular in the late Middle Ages. Many spheres came to be found in the tombs of kings and of persons of importance.
An early record was in 1582 of a British occultist who is said to have received a sphere from an angel and to have used it in order to put itself in contact with the angelic domain. Today, that sphere is to be found in the British Museum.
“This arose from my Italian surname and I have always been called by my nickname ‘Palla’. I am, without a doubt, very attached to this story which has been part and parcel of my life. One fine day, I decided that this would be my path and I determined that this shape, representing the world and so many other things, would create something altogether mine – my own world.
The fascination with the sphere is linked to infancy, to games, to perfection. It is beautiful to think of children running after a ball, or of adults doing the same in order to feel like children again. It is beautiful imagining a seal balancing a ball or a dog chasing after one.”
“All of this brings cheerful, carefree, full of life, energetic visions.
Soon after my first thoughts on the issue, upon laying out the floor plan for the business, which had been my childhood family home, I found a photograph which sealed the matter and which became a source of inspiration for one of our most imitated collections: ‘Mondo Latino’ – the Latin world – is a sphere of two circles in 18 carat gold, with one sphere being inside another mobile sphere.
Many sports such as soccer, tennis, volleyball, basketball, use a sphere. It is a fun theme which inspires many of our settings collections.
But coming back to the perfection, our works of art can only be dedicated to the female universe. Women are splendid and mysterious creatures like spheres. My professional instinct is to imagine a sphere being worn by every woman, trying to understand which one is the most appropriate, dreaming of always creating something new, for every one of life’s nuances, for every dream to be realised.”
The uniqueness of our collections, which makes our creations all the more one of a kind, comes from the fact that every work of art has a double interpretation. All our jewellery comes in 18 carat gold, along with high quality diamonds, superb precious stones and pearls. We have a second range of spectacular designs in 925 silver with gemstones, enamels, diamonds and 18 carat gold detailing. The ‘925’ means 92.5% pure silver. The two ranges do not clash as the range in silver is much more colourful and trendy.
Our target clientele is always the same, the high-end client who is looking for something different and innovative, who would be bored with the triviality of some mass-produced multinational products which, though they may be seen as status symbols, are too similar in looks and carry a high price tag.
ALEX•BALL Milano was born to satisfy great market demand, namely to fill an inner void.