The Prospect Lamp is the latest addition to our “This is Copper” series. The series explores our everyday materials – more specifically, copper – through an investigation of the material traces that are created in the wake of its production.
Copper is essential for the transition to a more sustainable, electrified future. But what exactly is copper? The shiny metal we all know is only part of a much wider material story. This piece combines different by-products from the mining and refining process, aiming to draw attention to the complexities and nuances inherent to the production of the sought-after metal.
The base of the lamp, its foundation, is made of the waste by-product from the refining process - slag. Slag is the molten impurities cast aside during the smelting process and can be transformed into a cement-like material. Above the slag, hovers the lampshade made of polished and patinated copper. In the center of the lamp, a stone column is placed as a reminder of the metal’s origins. The stone is an ore sample that was extracted from over 1500 meters underground at the Superior copper mine in Arizona, US.
Limited series of 10.
Materials: Copper slag geopolymer, drill core sample, coppper, acrylic diffusor, lightbulb, textile cable
Dimensions: 28 x 26 x 31cm (LxWxH)
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