Making It For Paula / Found Object Table Lamp / Mike Smith

My friend, Paula Mccullough, sent me this curved piece of pipe, and asked me to make a lamp out of it.  After considering 8 or 10 different ideas, this is what I came up with.  I’m trying to convince her that, considering the skills she already has, making lamps is easy.  The only ‘electrical’ work involved is attaching those two wires to the socket!  And, it doesn’t matter which wire to which screw!

All the rest is just figuring out what you want to do, and getting the electric wire to where it needs to be.  I hadn’t at first planned to use those two big bolts on the base, but wanted some weight to make it stable.  And decided that the base, and lamp, needed ‘something’.



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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8 Responses to Making It For Paula / Found Object Table Lamp / Mike Smith

  1. barbaraelka says:

    Now that is a freaking great lamp!

  2. mobius faith says:

    Really like this one Mike. This one totally makes me light up. 🙂

  3. paula says:

    you make it look easy 🙂 glad you got it and cant wait to see the other one

  4. paula says:

    hey what kind of goo do you use to set the light thing that i see in the 2nd from last row center photo?

  5. sbmacinnis says:

    Beautiful piece of work Mike.

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