Making It / Victorian Steampunk Amusement Carousel Lamp With Vintage Style Bulb / Mike Smith

I love using ‘found’ objects. I’ve mounted this wooden spindle on a metal plate ‘found’ at a Cosi sandwich shop. There is a small motor beneath the plate that turns at 55 rpm (about once a second). This turns the spinning carousel part at the top. I’ve put a couple pieces cut from an old tin ceiling tile at the ends of the metal arm that spins. You could put anything similar there if you prefer. The lamp and carousel motor each have separate on/off switches.

http://www.etsy.com/listing/98402623/victorian-steampunk-amusement-carousel

                              

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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