"the Photonic Siphuncle Primary: a table lamp " - wood, industrial resin, various metals, isinglass, and assorted electronics

"The Photonic Siphuncle Primary: a table-top apparatus that collects ambient photons, osmotically siphoning them into a translucent storage vessel." *as per scientific trivia completely made up by J.W. Kinsey.

The Photonic Siphuncle Primary is the production model of the below Photonic Siphuncle. As the original Siphuncle was designed and built around a one-of-a-kind salvaged part, I decided to make a new Siphuncle using all custom made pieces with duplication in mind.

Having stared at the original Siphuncle (see below) upon my dresser for a few years, I wanted to make some major design changes: I wanted to keep the overall asymmetrical design, but I wanted it more dramatic and streamlined in it's execution. I wanted more intentional design and part integration than an assemblage sculpture allows.

The Photonic Siphuncle Primary was the result: each part was hand made out of wood, then molded in silicon rubber for final castings in an industrial grade resin. The light cage was bent up from brass sheet and tubing with mica inserts. The four incandescent light bulbs within the light cage are accessed through a recessed panel on the bottom of the cage. The panel meter functions, and the wooden knob is the rotary on/off switch. Other than the panel meter, some standard fittings, and the electrics, every part is made within my shop.

For questions about purchasing a Photonic Siphuncle Primary, please contact me for details, or go to my ETSY store.

Photos by Curtis Almquist Studios.


"the Photonic Siphuncle: a table lamp " - wood, various metals, isinglass, and assorted electronics

This piece was included in the Steampunk Form & Function II exhibit at the Charles River Museum of Industry & Innovation in Boston, Massachusetts. An entry requirement was that the artwork include salvaged, repurposed parts. As a direct result, the Photonic Siphuncle is my first assemblage sculpture, made from some old aluminum castings and a bellows sleeve I found at a salvage yard. After sandblasting the disassembled parts, the construction and extensive modifications began.

All the brass mounting plates, and the light grill body are handmade, as is the black walnut pedestal. The red cast iron knobs function as the on/off controls, the small hand-inked voltmeter functions, and a small internal cooling fan keeps the insides cool.

The bellows also function quietly with a slow 4 rpm pumping action.

Photos by Curtis Almquist Studios.