Wretched Excess Dept: Castor Design's Marble with Fluorescent Tube

Marble with Fluorescent Tube© Castor

TreeHugger is a huge fan of the work of Brian Richer and Castor. They define themselves:

Castor are interested in the middle ground between art and design. Materials and reuse of materials is [sic] also an important part of Castor's aesthetic. Burnt out bulbs to make lighting, a rusty shipping container to make a sauna -- this recontextualization of materials is a primary design consideration of for Castor.

And indeed, much of their work does involve reuse and reimagining. (See the roundup I did earlier this year) Then again, sometimes their work is another thing altogether, like the latest, the Marble with Fluorescent Tube. I thought this was serious wretched excess, a category that we reserve for over-the-top use of resources. Really, using 2500 pounds of marble to hold a light bulb?

UPDATE: Brian Richer informs me that " As you know I was a stone carver for over 15 years. I bought that stone 12 years ago for very little money. It was rejected because of poor quality and most likely would have been left there for good."

marble table side© Castor

Here, Brian creates the world's heaviest fluorescent fixture. He tells Mocoloco:

At first glance, Marble with Fluorescent Tube's monolithic 2,500 pound base appears to be at odds with the banality of the bulb which sits on top of it. However, a closer examination of the sculpture reveals that the bulb is emitting light, although the pins through which a fluorescent bulb normally receives current remain unconnected, and the tube appears to be unpowered.

Castor light© Castor

This effect is achieved through the wireless transmission of electricity, a field pioneered by inventor Nikola Tesla. The marble base houses a circuit that safely stores an electric current within a magnetic field, which is then transferred into the fluorescent bulb. While being displayed, the bulb sits in a channel carved into the sculpture's marble base. It will continue to emit light if lifted several inches away.

It is a nice effect, but a bit extravagant with the marble.

mini light© Castor

Fortunately Brian has also designed a mini-lite version. They are all at the Gallery House in Toronto.

Richer carving© Castor

Tags: Artists | Electricity | Lighting | Wretched Excess


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