Making It / Found Metal Desk Lamp / Mike Smith

I found this piece of muffler or whatever behind the Mobil station where I get my cars worked on. I knew right away that it would make a good shade.

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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3 Responses to Making It / Found Metal Desk Lamp / Mike Smith

  1. mobius faith says:

    This is an awful cool lamp. Didn’t see it on your Etsy shop? For sale? Price?

    • Terry, Since you haven’t replied yet, I’m just going to send you the lamp, and you can send me whatever you like. It will cost me 95 cents to get your address, unless you just email it to me.


  2. I haven’t put it on there yet, but it is for sale. Why don’t you email me at


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