- Light BlobHair Gel LampI was determined to make a lamp that was transparent, moldable and fascinating. My studies of water caustics and nebulas inspired me to make a lamp that played with the physicality of light. Rather than creating a lamp that diffused light and hid the bulb, I wanted one that would make the light tangible. I wasn’t able to find a glob of transparent clay– something that may not exist, but I believe should– so I focused on acquiring similar clear substances that gave the user a feeling that they could interact with the lamp. Although one cannot ultimately influence the gel in my final lamp, there is a playfulness and sense of possibility in the final model.This post is divided in three parts:
I. Light BlobII. ProcessIII. Chemists' Orb (further exploration)
- Part I Light Blob
- Part II Process
- Below are scores of sketches I made before building the lamp. In them, I expored the possibilities of 'molding' a light, the specifications of fitting bulbs into diffusers, and various other concepts.
- Part III Chemists' Orb
- Merging my explorations in hair gel with my friend Elliot Ouchterlony's readymade sensibilities, we created a suspended universe in a bulb.After removing the light from a normal bulb, we filled it up with some hair gel I had left over. We fitted a small, super bright LED through the top and closed it shut with a cork. Many thanks to our friend Brie, who inspired us to create a string mesh to hang the bulb with.We felt that an alchemist, or other mad scientist, would probably have strange substances hanging from long, tea-colored ropes in their lab.