For the last few months, I have been building various sculptures with led lights. There is a giant tree made with coat hangers that will become the mouse house. There is a macrame wall hanging that will demonstrate light mosaics. There is the mad hatters hat stand where I ruined the LED wires. Each project is smaller and smaller. So this morning before work, I actually finished a working LED sculpture–The Crystal Tree.
Made from bronze colored wire, lots of glass crystals and a beautiful piece of scrap fir wood, this sculpture contains a single hacked LED lamp. On top is a crystal bunny that at night shines in different colors. The tree sparkles with life in the morning when the sun shines on it. And during the day, the plants guard a small birds nest with real pearls inside. The rock was made from oven bake clay covered in spray paint and standard acrylic paints. This is truly a mixed media piece — wire wrapping and jewlery, ceramics, wodworking, electronics, and a little bit of making do with available materials. Add in a few living air plants and the piece is done. It’s gorgeous, everyone thinks it looks beautiful. I am pleased with the work.
Bob helped a lot with this task. He showed me how to use the electric sander, how to stain wood, how to use a drill press, how to chisel wood, and how to drill screws into wood at funny angles. He did the electronics hacking and placed the bunny with museum sticky wax. Without his help, this project would not have been possible. Thank you Bob for the teaching.
Below are some photos. Next task is learning how to learn how to take pictures of this sculpture.