Cup Art

Hangover LampThe “Hangover Lamp” by designer Luis Luna is one of the most popular photographs on  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:)

Read more about the “Hangover Lamp” and see other designs by Luis Luna here, here, and here.

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.