In Orbit / Found Object Sculpture With Light / Mike Smith / Milwaukee, WI

I had been looking at my various pieces of junk for awhile.  My method is to go out to my garage/studio, have a cigarette, and try to imagine a way to put various found objects together into something interesting.  I gradually pull different things into a group, move them around, and make a plan.  

This usually changes somewhat as I am putting them together.  I originally thought this sculpture would have a small spotlight pointing up to show off the balls.  But, when I was finished, I decided to use the long vintage style bulb.  I’ll include both bulbs, when someone eventually buys this piece.  It really does give a sense of movement (counterclockwise) as you look at it!

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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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3 Responses to In Orbit / Found Object Sculpture With Light / Mike Smith / Milwaukee, WI

  1. mobius faith says:

    The juggler. A fantastic creation Mike. Well done. Imaginative and a great sense of movement.

  2. Brilliant work, Mike!

  3. clinock says:

    As Terry says – the Juggler – also reminds me a little of the old 3D models of the Universe. Simple and brilliant sculpture – Kudos to you Mike…

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