Marble with Fluorescent Tube by Castor Design
by Harry / April 16, 2013

"At first glance, Marble with Fluorescent Tube's monolithic 2,500 pound base appears to be at odds with the banality of the bulb which sits on top of it."

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Toronto-based Castor Design has a new division for conceptual works, the Castor Science and Humanities Division. Says principal Brian Richer, "it allows me to do some different type of projects and not [worry] about designing things for the market."


Marble with Fluorescent Tube is monolithic 2,500 pound block with a fluorescent light tube embedded on top. Says Richer, "Considering its apparent simplicity, Marble with Fluorescent Tube makes a wide variety of references, which, at times, approach contradiction."


"The form of the sculpture's base is a clear nod to the work of 1960's minimalist artists."


In contrast with the modern references, the material from which the bases have been made, marble, is closely tied to the history of figurative sculpture. "A final competing reference presents itself in the fact that the sculpture includes electronic components, and is, to a degree, interactive."


"At first glance, Marble with Fluorescent Tube's monolithic 2,500 pound base appears to be at odds with the banality of the bulb which sits on top of it. However, a closer examination of the sculpture reveals that the bulb is emitting light, although the pins through which a fluorescent bulb normally receives current remain unconnected, and the tube appears to be unpowered."


"This effect is achieved through the wireless transmission of electricity, a field pioneered by inventor Nikola Tesla."


"The marble base houses a circuit that safely stores an electric current within a magnetic field, which is then transferred into the fluorescent bulb. While being displayed, the bulb sits in a channel carved into the sculpture's marble base. It will continue to emit light if lifted several inches away."


Marble with Fluorescent Tube represents a synthesis of the Richer's experience as a stone carver, and his continued interested in obscure technologies.


The piece, as well as an edition of 10 smaller versions created to accompany it, are currently on display at the Gallery House in Toronto, Canada.






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