Grain and Fire Portal Crystal Light Sculpture by Sunny Jackson

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DESIGN DETAILS
DESIGN NAME:
Grain and Fire Portal

PRIMARY FUNCTION:
Crystal Light Sculpture

INSPIRATION:
Inspired by the raw beauty of the Earth’s materials and the effects of time, pressure, erosion, fire and light, each crystal light sculpture pays homage to the duality of nature, the dark and the light, decay and growth, balanced and complimentary opposites within a greater whole. So much of our built environment shares no resemblance to the materials from which it was derived. Therefore, it is important and also the objective of the art to connect the user back to the Earth and its fundamental elements.

UNIQUE PROPERTIES / PROJECT DESCRIPTION:
The Grain and Fire Portal Light uses sustainably sourced wood from a reserve stock of aged and weathered Teak wood. Weathered for decades by the sun, wind, and rain, the wood is then hand shaped, sanded, burnt and finished into a vessel for holding led lighting and using quartz crystals as a natural light diffuser. 100 percent natural unaltered quartz crystals are used in each sculpture and are approximately 280 million years old. Due to the organic nature of the materials used, each sculpture varies in character and definition.

OPERATION / FLOW / INTERACTION:
The sculpture acts as both a standalone object d'art as well as functional mood lighting. Using led lighting technology, the lighting can be adjusted with a dimmer to achieve the desired brightness. The quartz crystals act as a natural diffuser to the light source and absorb the intensity of the led and deflect it as a warm glow. The light also serves as a focal point and conversation piece due to it's unique design and use of organic materials.

PROJECT DURATION AND LOCATION:
The design has taken on multiple improvements and design considerations during the past two years. A provisional patent was filed in July of 2018, with an official product launch slated for 2019.

FITS BEST INTO CATEGORY:
Arts, Crafts and Ready-Made Design

PRODUCTION / REALIZATION TECHNOLOGY:
The quartz crystals are sourced from Arkansas, USA and are estimated to be approximately 280 million years old. They are not altered from their original state. The wood frame of the sculpture uses a reserve stock of aged and weathered Teak wood, circa 1930s. A variety of wood finishing options are available from fire charred, natural, or bleach white.

SPECIFICATIONS / TECHNICAL PROPERTIES:
Two sizes: Large: 450 mm dia. appx. Small: 300 mm dia. appx. Of note: 1) Led Light source designed for 35,000 hours of use. 2) Led is dimmable to adjust for desired brightness. 3) Quartz crystals are securely attached to the wood frame using a proprietary method and cannot be detached.

TAGS:
crystal light sculpture, portal crystal light, grain and fire portal light, wood crystal light, crystal wood art

RESEARCH ABSTRACT:
The initial idea came from the idea of using a hollowed tree trunk and fitting it with led lighting and using quartz crystals as the diffuser. It was a concept of marrying something old and rustic with something shiny and prismatic, while still appreciating that these two materials are born of the same Earth and origin. Thus, the beauty and perfect assembly of the Yin and the Yang. The next two years were spent working methodically on creating an art object that could be utilized in an interior setting and function as both art and lighting. The process led to using Teak wood as the main material, which is the sturdiest and longest lasting of tropical hardwoods. It was around this time too that bold advancements in woodworking methods were introduced, such as the shou sugi ban technique of using fire to blacken and preserve wood as well as using a chemical bleaching process using the sun to create a chalk white finish. Through these processes, the circular 'grain and fire portal light' was born and will launch in 2019.

CHALLENGE:
This was a passion driven project from the start. Extreme challenges were overcome on many levels as there were many aspects of the construction that had not been done before. Many professionals were consulted across a variety of disciplines to arrive at the final outcome, whether it was sourcing a high quality led light product, or scouring the globe for an appropriate species of wood that would be able to travel anywhere in the world without warping. One of the more challenging design aspects of this project was the installation of the crystals on top of the led light strip. It was eventually decided to consult with an adhesives laboratory to design a product for just this application as it was something that was not currently available.

ADDED DATE:
2018-09-02 06:01:38

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IMAGE CREDITS:
Image Credit
#1, Photographer Arley Mardo / Grain & Fire, 2018
#2, Photographer Arley Mardo / Wooden Sun, 2018
#3, Photographer Arley Mardo / Grain & Fire, 2018
#4, Photographer Arley Mardo / Small Grain & Fire and Black Erosion, 2018
#5 : Photographer Arley Mardo / Black Erosion, 2018

Video Credit: Photographer Arely Mardo, 2018

PATENTS/COPYRIGHTS:
Provisional Patent # 62703449

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CLIENT/STUDIO/BRAND DETAILS
NAME:
Sunny Jackson

PROFILE:
Sunny Jackson is an independent design/art brand led by Artist and Landscape Architect, Sunny Jackson. Sunny Jackson creates functional mood lighting that doubles as sculptural art. Her signature crystal light sculptures provide a unique, sophisticated and timeless fixture for a variety of wellness spaces and clientele including hotels, private residences, spas, offices, restaurants, yoga centers, and boutiques across the globe. Each piece is artisinally handcrafted, wherein the materials and techniques used are of the highest quality with a focus on sustainably sourced materials and practices.

NOMINATION DETAILS

Grain and Fire Portal Crystal Light Sculpture by Sunny Jackson is a Nominee in Arts, Crafts and Ready-Made Design Category.

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AWARD DETAILS

Grain and Fire Portal Crystal Light Sculpture by Sunny Jackson is Winner in Arts, Crafts and Ready-Made Design Category, 2018 - 2019.



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