Making It / Rusty Muffler and Old Wine Barrel Staves Wall Lamp / Mike Smith

I’ve used a rusty muffler, and some old wine barrel staves to make this wall lamp.

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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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7 Responses to Making It / Rusty Muffler and Old Wine Barrel Staves Wall Lamp / Mike Smith

  1. mobius faith says:

    Cool. I like the added sides. like some really cool future decay. 🙂

  2. clinock says:

    Brilliant – creative and beautifully made – Your sculptures are inspirational…

  3. isabellart says:

    upcycling! yes! it is a great piece of work !

  4. I’m good at ‘upcycling’, but I could never just start with a blank canvas like you and John do!

    Mike

  5. barbaraelka says:

    this is a fantastic piece

  6. Hi Mike– I don’t know if you get into the awards on wordpress or not, but I nominated your blog for an award– More info can be found here: http://mysteriesofthewasteland.wordpress.com/2012/07/30/one-lovely-blog-award-nomination/
    Enjoy the day & keep up the great work!

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