It’s curious how art/life happens sometimes. I had ‘designed’ this piece without the large bolt on the front, but when I had the rest of it together, I decided it needed some weight on the front to make it more stable. I looked in my piles of junk for something heavy, but relatively small, and it turned out to be this bolt. Now, I can’t imagine this piece without the bolt. It not only balances the work weight-wise, but aesthetically.
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...
REally cool floor lamp Mike. Well done.