michael jantzen

michael jantzen

Santa Fe, NM, US


The Space-Time Transformation Lamp

The Space-Time Transformation Lamp


The design of the Space-Time Transformation Lamp was inspired by the concept in physics of a space-time continuum that illustrates the movement of an object in space and time. In this case, parts of a cube appear to be moving out from each of its faces in the form of six square frames. Each of the frames has been slightly rotated, multiplied 10 times, and glued together. Five of these glued together frames assemblages have been attached in different directions to the center cube, which has been enclosed with translucent white plastic, and contains a small light bulb. The top section of frames is removable in order to access the light bulb.

The basic design of the lamp is based on a modular kit of parts that can be assembled in different ways, in order to change the size, shape, color, and/or light intensity of each lamp.

All of the parts are made from laser cut painted wood, but many other materials can also be used to accommodate a wide range of customizations.

The intended visual effect of the design was to create a physical structure through which the concentration of white light appears to be thrown out in every direction from the center of the cube. The hope is that this approach conceptually enhances the idea of a space-time continuum, through which the light itself is manipulated.

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Status: Built
Location: Santa Fe NM