The “Hangover Lamp” by designer Luis Luna is one of the most popular photographs on sparkleball.com. It’s just got this incredible wow factor. For one thing, it’s red. Two, it’s made of cups everybody recognizes, but they’re arranged in a surprising way. And when you look at the photo and try to figure out how to copy it, it’s harder than it looks. (One of these days, I mean to try.) In an interview, Mr Luna says he woke up one morning with a hangover and saw all these red cups left from the party. So he gets up and makes a cool light fixture. Now that’s an artist:)
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.