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Animated Lamp V/a. g. r. a.

Heavy and seemingly lifeless, the lamp hangs limply from the wall under the influence of gravity and its own weight like a drop of water frozen in mid-plunge.


But as soon as this designer piece is switched on, it comes to life as if a vital spark had been ignited. Comparable to an organic corkscrew, it curls up crazily and maintains its shape until the lamp is switched off again.


This technology is based on shape memory wire, so-called artificial muscles. It consists of an alloy that “remembers” its shape and reassumes it as soon as it’s heated up by electrical current. Among the many uses of such alloys are in the fields of medicine and space travel.


"Animated Lamp V/a. g. r. a." is a work by Romolo Stanco (IT)


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Taken on March 3, 2011