Making It / Found Metal Artifact Lamp #87 / Mike Smith

I stopped by to see my local auto mechanic, Dennis, yesterday and picked up a small pile of his discards.  I haven’t seen him much since I got rid of my old Cadillac, but he still lets me go through his junk.

http://www.etsy.com/listing/95868504/found-metal-artifact-lamp-number-87

             

My friend, Paula (http://www.etsy.com/shop/PaulaArt) said that I had to change the base on this lamp, so here it is.

http://www.etsy.com/shop/destructivetesting

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About destructivetesting

I'm a self-taught artist who prefers to use found objects in ways that were never intended. I'm not interested in making 10 or 100 of the same object. This, of course, takes more time to make each piece. I also prefer a more minimalist look, where each part of a piece can be appreciated. I consider my clocks to be small sculptures with moving parts. And, my lamps to be small sculptures with light. My mirrors are reflective sculptures. DESTRUCTIVE TESTING means to push something to it's limits to understand it's structural performance or material behavior under different stresses. I interpret this in my artwork as using materials in different ways or combinations than they were designed to be used. I also just like the slightly ominous sound of the term...
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11 Responses to Making It / Found Metal Artifact Lamp #87 / Mike Smith

  1. sbmacinnis says:

    That looks great. Where do you get all the cool light bulbs?

  2. paula says:

    are you open for some critique? i LOVE that lamp i find the wood distracts me…doesnt seem necessary for this piece or perhaps a better block of wood that looks more refined…this is just a fantastic piece that deserves a somewhat stronger base or none at all. its really cool!!!!

  3. can’t wait to see your goodies! Mike

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