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.