The base of this lamp is an old lathe that I found at the brocante at Villeurbanne France less than a year ago. Realizing the inherent beauty in the piece itself, I only needed to add a lampshade at the top to complete it.
The lampshade is made from a spaghetti funnel, spoons, stencil letters, a spring, a trumper mouthpiece, and clippers for cutting hair. The silver color of these pieces complements the spindle within the lathe.
S.D. KoganFor over 20 years, I have been creating functional art forms (typically lamps, clocks, and light sculptures) from industrial objects made of metal. This originally started from a strong affinity for old broken down musical instruments, their inherent beauty and grace. My original goal was to give these instruments a second life, to re-establish their functional status as living objects by transforming them into something new, something that was not originally intended. For example, a lamp might be created by attaching a clarinet to a base at the bottom, and a glass at the top, and running a wire through it. The result regularly triggered people to take a second look with puzzlement or curiosity, a sensibility that was often transformed to amusement when they figured out what was going on.
Eventually, my designs evolved as I started combining musical instruments with other recycled household or industrial materials. This resulted in more interesting and original art forms. The kinds of objects that might be combined includes fireplace pots, heat reflectors, balance scale trays, faucets, spigots, spoons, metal wheels, and binoculars, to name only a few. There is a wealth of these sorts of objects in France, and living in Grenoble during the past 11 years has greatly augmented my artistic vision and its result.
While remaining functional in design, my more recent work (since 2004) would more appropriately be described as "metal assemblage light sculptures". This approach focuses on the sculpting of light and the integration of light and form. Sculpting of light includes filtering light, mirroring light, hiding light sources, and creating shadows. The goal here is for the sculpting of light and the sculpting of form to work together to create an integrated composition overall.