Making It / Honda Motorcycle Wall Lamp / Mike Smith

A friend of mine gave me this Honda motorcycle gas tank about six months ago, and asked me to make some kind of lamp with it.  It’s taken me this long of occasionally looking at it to come up with this idea.  I could also have made it into a table lamp, which is why there is a block of wood in the one picture.  But, I don’t think he has much counter/table top space, so I made a wall lamp.  If he likes it this way, I’m not going to even mention the other possibility.

The one photo of my shop table is included to show why this project took me twice as long as it should have.  If I’d taken an hour to clean it before I started, I still would have finished sooner!  I think there’s a lesson there, somewhere.

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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2 Responses to Making It / Honda Motorcycle Wall Lamp / Mike Smith

  1. 4F Lighting says:

    I have a simillar problem: so much crap (uh, I mean treasure), so little space.

  2. mobius faith says:

    You’ve got so many creative ingenious ideas. I don’t know how you come up with these things. Keep it up.

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