The Magi Luminaire was constructed at Jefferson (Philadelphia University + Thomas Jefferson) and was awarded Runner-Up at the IES Annual Lighting Design Competition.
The final of a series of lighting explorations, the Magi Luminaire was inspired by setting sunlight on snow covered clusters of grass. The flowing shapes produced by the shadows of these little hills was the main detail that inspired me to create a similar shadow effect.
The main shade of the lamp is composed of polystyrene rings methodically spring sculpted into a sphere using Weld-On. When light hits the polystyrene it begins to glow blue. On the top of the sphere is a heat bent sheet of 98% reflective Mylar to bounce light through the object. This was a reflection of the placement of the sun from the photograph.
The base of the lamp is a 3D Printed Polylactic Acid (PLA) designed to house all of the components necessary to produce light. (batteries, LEDs, and a switch.)