Making It / Found Metal Artifact Accent Lamp Number 101 / Michael Smith / Milwaukee, WI

I love using ‘found’ objects. This is some part of an exhaust system. Anybody can have something sleek and boring on their desk or shelf, but only adventurous individuals would choose something like this. If you aren’t that adventurous person, maybe you know someone who is that you can gift it to! I’ve mounted it on a beautiful Honey Locust base.

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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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