Making It / Found Metal Artifact Lamp Number 99 / Michael Smith / Milwaukee, WI

I love these pieces of metal that have had a useful life in their original purpose, and now have a new life where their aesthetic beauty can be appreciated.

These smaller sculpture/lamps aren’t any less expensive to make in terms of cost of materials, or time, but…………

https://www.etsy.com/listing/127597663/found-metal-artifact-lamp-number-99

copper pipe lamp 013

 

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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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2 Responses to Making It / Found Metal Artifact Lamp Number 99 / Michael Smith / Milwaukee, WI

  1. sbmacinnis says:

    This is a great piece Mike!

  2. Thanks, It’s small, and simple, but I love looking at it. The patina, the drips of solder, etc. Mike

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