Alouette Lamp by Miles Keller
by Harry / December 13, 2011
From Miles Keller, a pendant lamp based on the unique design of Canada's first satellite, Alouette, launched back in 1962.


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Says Keller, "With it, Canada became the 3rd nation into space, symbolizing the country's entry into the digital age that was only just dawning. Canadians were no longer simply 'hewers of wood and drawers of water'."

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"While it is still in orbit to this day, it has been shut down long ago. In this context, the original shape and proportions are preĀ­served while the satellite itself is re-imagined and repurposed."

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"The structure of the Alouette lamp makes a striking visual statement. Its structure and assembly is expressed boldly and honestly."

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"The open/closed nature of the outer shell creates a spectacular lighting effect, producing beautiful light with a spectacular shadow pattern. The history and meaning of the Alouette satellite itself gives the lamp meaning and context."

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The lamp is shipped disassembled and flat packed, assembly is simple and takes about 10 minutes. The entire shell assembly is held in place with a system of laser-cut tabs and holes, the only fasteners are two five inch diameter o-rings top and bottom. More at Ideacious.

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