A Simple? Steampunk Mod Lamp / Mike Smith / Milwaukee, WI

The director of Gallery 218 (http://www.gallery218.com/) where I show some of my work asked me to make some more simple steampunk inspired lamps.  That seems something of a contradiction, but here is my first attempt.


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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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5 Responses to A Simple? Steampunk Mod Lamp / Mike Smith / Milwaukee, WI

  1. mobius faith says:

    Sweet something to connect to my computer, my guitar amp, my stereo. The all-purpose steampunk lamp. 🙂 Nice work.

  2. Very cool! I love that! I want to do some macro abstract shots of that! 😀

  3. clinock says:

    Fantastic – reminds me of the crystal radio sets when I was a kid…

  4. WOW! I don’t even remember that! I do remember when we got our first tv. About 1953, when I was 5 years old. One station, 3 hrs each evening.


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