Eyecentennial

We are all bugs, basically.  Our pineal gland secretes melatonin responding to circadian rhythms perceived to a large degree through our exposure to light.  Our attraction to illuminated, visual stimuli affect our mood, which affects, well...everything, including about how we present ourselves to the world.

Conceived in 2012 and executed in 2013, Eyecentennial is a limited, original series of 100 recycled cobra head drop lens parking lot/street lights.  Each lens has spent hundreds of thousands of hours hovering over our trips to the grocery store, over late night wiffle ball games, over first dates strolling neighborhood sidewalks.  Once retired to a warehouse or back lot storage, these lenses film over with grime, often becoming shattered or makeshift homes for insects and rodents.  Most of the Westinghouse and General Electric cobra head drop lenses of the world are destined for the crusher as LED technology allows for a sleeker, more efficient lighting source.

In this series, I felt it was important to create a world alien to our own.  Emergence of the form as art and decorative lighting in the 17th year of a cicada cycle parallels my own re-emergence into the world of art.

© 2013 by Nate Sheaffer

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