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Chasmal Lumen Floor Lighting by Taeg Nishimoto

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Chasmal Lumen is an object – floor lighting made of Papercrete. One lighting is composed of two free standing components. Each component is molded against warped metal sheet. The convex side is pressed against the metal sheet and smooth, while the concave side is molded by hand that leaves the rough texture of pressing fingers. These curved components are combined to create a space in-between them with lighting bulbs imbedded inside the bottom bulge of Papercrete.

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One object – lighting is composed of two free standing components. Each component is molded against warped metal sheet. 18” high metal sheet is held at the 90 degrees corner of the base, which is cut off at The corner to allow the smooth curve. Then it is bent inwards to create a continuous surface that is warped as the metal sheet allows. Papercrete is applied by hand against this warped metal surface on the inside following the outline of the final form. The convex side of Papercrete is pressed against metal sheet and therefore smooth, while the concave side is molded by hand that leaves the rough texture of pressing fingers. The bottom of Papercrete bulges out to create stability to stand up as well as to provide the cavity to hold the light bulb inside. There are three widths of components; 18”, 24” and 36.” with either, the short or long side of the metal sheet warped. The combinations and the placements of these components against each other create unique forms and space in-between. During the day it presents itself as an object on the floor, and at night when the light bulbs inside project the light upwards the inside rough texture of Papercrete becomes more visible with the light projecting out from the gap between components as well as from the holes where the metal sheet was bent 90 degrees. When placed in front of a wall, these projecting lights reveal unpredictable light and shadows on the wall as well as onto the floor at the bottom. Different combinations of components create different effects and the slight shift of direction and overlap of two components changes the light and shadow effects and the subtle tones of within the shadows dramatically.

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