Lacuna 


 

An empty space, missing part or void, Lacuna is both the name given and concept within this work. Lacuna is a voluminous hollow of mouth blown glass illuminated from above by a chip on board type LED. A single molded form becomes stand, shade, insulator and reflector to a paired down electric circuit. Each piece is individually blown into a form giving wood mold by a master glass blower in the Czech Republic. The craft process ensures that each lamp is uniquely marked with trapped bubbles or variations in colour. Traditional glass Fresnel lenses found in early lighthouses provide a visual cue for Lacuna which is geometrically parabolic in shape. During the early days of gas powered lanterns and early electric light, it was found that underpowered lamps could be projected further with cleaver use of lenses.



On exploring traditional glass working techniques, we also came across arabesque gold leaf decoration which left us asking, could gold leaf on glass be used to conduct electricity? We found that it could and started to search for a way to run power up the inside of the glass. An anode and cathode follow their way up the contour of the lamp to power an LED. A sculpted metal mass is set into the top of the lamp. Milled from solid copper and aluminum, the mass passively transfers heat from the LED and into the air to maintain an optimal operating temperature for the LED.



Lacuna is carried by Nilufar Gallery in Milan and has been exhibited as part of a year long show along side mid-century Brazilian masterpieces including works by Oscar Niemeyer and Jorge Zalszupin.