Found Object Sculpture With Light Number 27 / Michael 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.

I’ve mounted this sculpture/lamp on a beautiful, interesting Cherry wood base.

This lamp measures 12″w x 8″d x 16″h. It features a vintage style light bulb. These bulbs can be found at

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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 Found Object Sculpture With Light Number 27 / Michael Smith / Milwaukee, WI

  1. mobius faith says:

    This is beautiful Mike. I really like all the angles and lines in contrast to the warm glow and curve of the bulb.

  2. Thanks Terry, I’ve been looking at those two metal triangles for months, and have moved them around, and put them in at least 25 different combinations, before I decided on this configuration.


  3. clinock says:

    Beauty Mike – absolutely…

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