Nargiza’s Light Balls

Nargiza Usmanova Project 12 Light BallsDesigner Nargiza Usmanova made the shortlist of the prestigious 2016 DARC lighting design awards with her haunting installation, “12.”   She hand-wove the light balls out of colored wire,  6000 zipties, and LED lights from GVA Lighting, her design partner.  Originally created for a Moscow Biennale,  the installation was reimagined in the Limehouse Conservation Area, Ontario, Canada by Nargiza with help from NUMZ Graphics, Victor Zubashev, and photographer Maxim Zinchuck.

read more about Nargiza’s work here and on Facebook.

Numz Graphics


helpful DIY how-to posts:
–  find the right cups
 tips for inserting lights
–  the best stapler
–  how to hang it – 1
–  how to hang it – 2
–  how to hang it – 3
–  using different lights – 1
–  using different lights – 2
–  drilling a perfect hole
–  how to get it really round
–  make The Original Sparkleball
–  make AnyCup Sparkleball
–  making Mini Sparkleballs

German Third Cousin

Meike Harde

I’ve always wondered who invented sparkleballs.  I mean, who looked at a bunch of plastic cups and saw a sphere of light?  To me, that’s an artist. Someone who sees the possibilities the rest of us have to be shown.  German artist Meike Harde makes light fixtures out of plastic cups, plates and bowls.  Her work is beautiful, and just maybe we might consider the sparkleball as its very distant American cousin.  

Thank you to sparkleball maker Miguel Gutierrez-Ranzi for introducing me to Harde’s work.