The Photonic Siphuncle, An Accent Table Light

"The Photonic Siphuncle: a table-top apparatus that collects ambient photons, siphoning them into a translucent storage vessel."

This piece was included in the Steampunk Form & Function II exhibit at the Charles River Museum of Industry & Innovation in Boston, Massachusetts. An entry requirement was that the artwork include salvaged, repurposed parts. As a direct result, the Photonic Siphuncle is my first assemblage sculpture, made from some old aluminum castings and a bellows sleeve I found at a salvage yard. After sandblasting the disassembled parts, the construction and extensive modifications began.

All the brass mounting plates, and the light grill body are handmade, as is the black walnut pedestal. The red cast iron knobs function as the on/off controls, the small hand-inked voltmeter functions, and a small internal cooling fan keeps the insides cool.

The bellows also function quietly with a slow 4 rpm pumping action.

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