A Lovely Commemorative Table Lamp Recently Presented To My Husband & Me

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    Nov 02, 2014 2:18 PM GMT
    This was presented to us on Halloween by the artist, his face blurred here. We had commissioned it ourselves some weeks back, to commemorate The SMART Ride my husband helped found 11 years ago, the HIV/AIDS charity bicycle ride from Miami to Key West that starts in 2 weeks.

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    He works in glass, of which this lamp is made entirely. Sometimes he creates traditional stained glass images, or does appliqués of fused glass, which you see here. The lampshade isn't painted, those are actually thin layers of colored glass on the surface.

    We gave him the official stylized bike logo for TSR Adventures, Inc. to use, that you see on the lampshade front, which is the not-for-profit 501c(3) entity that actually operates The SMART Ride. On each side is his interpretation of an AIDS ribbon, also in fused glass.

    On the lamp base he got totally creative on his own. The front represents the Ride itself. The top circle is Miami, the smaller middle circle is our overnight stop on Marathon Key, and the bottom circle is Key West. The design isn't symmetrical, but rather scaled to the Ride route distances. Because Marathon is 100 miles from Miami, but only 65 miles from our destination.

    The other base sides are even more impressionistic. The circles represent bicycle wheels, the triangle the frame. He knows I love the simple geometry of Art Deco, so that's what he used. That pattern is on all the other sides, as well.

    And when we went to pay him, he turned us down! Said it was his gift for our work with HIV/AIDS through The SMART Ride! It will have an honored place in our home.

    He's also donated other items to raise money for our Ride. Below are 2 more lamps he made (he also makes windows), given as auction items for the bicycle team sponsored by the "Village Pub" in Wilton Manors, on which I'm a rider. They earned our team a lot of money, and then both the auction winners gave them back to the Village Pub itself! To display in their trophy case, which is where you see them here.

    Both bases are alcohol bottles, to emphasize who's sponsoring our bike team, and the Village Pub logo can be seen on the side of one of the lampshades. The Absolut bottle is one of their gay rainbow editions. I'm gonna suggest the Pub reposition the Certificates of Authenticity to the sides, so as not to block the view of the bottles so much.

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    Nov 02, 2014 3:09 PM GMT
    OK, found a place for it, which had been challenging us. My clever former interior designer husband said let's put it on the black pedestal we already have, that was showcasing some of his awards. It has a white illuminated translucent top, the effect perfect for a shiny black lamp.

    Problem was some other nearby objects, which I sorted out. Still a lot of electrical and phone cables visible on the floor I don't like, I'll attend to those later. When I do, and when it's darker inside to accent the uplighting, I'll take some pics. But even now in daylight the effect is stunning, you'd think they were intended as a matched set. You can't go wrong when you marry a guy who's been both a chef AND an interior designer. icon_biggrin.gif
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    Nov 03, 2014 1:09 AM GMT
    And here it is in our home, on its pedestal. A tight fit next to one of our cabinets with other glass art, but in a small condo you're gotta accept these limitations. I'm gonna change the pedestal uplight bulb to one that's whiter.

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    Nov 03, 2014 3:37 AM GMT
    southbeach1500 said
    Art_Deco said
    And here it is in our home, on its pedestal. A tight fit next to one of our cabinets with other glass art, but in a small condo you're gotta accept these limitations. I'm gonna change the pedestal uplight bulb to one that's whiter.

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    How... interesting looking!

    It was made to my specification. "Charles" the artist showed me his early sketches, which we talked about as we finalized the design. The only thing that was mandatory was the TSR Adventures logo, on the front of the lampshade. Amazing he was able to capture it exactly in fused glass-on-glass.

    The rest I really left to his discretion. An artist needs that latitude. But he did try to give it a bit of an Art Deco geometric element, to please me. In fact, in his artist's authentication paperwork he gave us he calls it an Art Deco lamp, but it's really not.

    Incidentally, he also did another lamp (he's been into lamps lately) based on my original Art Deco penis fountain design. I may have already posted that image here. A very simplistic thing, done in my word processor, actually. Rather childish, more conceptual than complete.

    But he loved it, reinterpreted it and made a lamp out of it. I'd still like to see him do something closer to my original design. "Fountains" are a recurring element in Art Deco.
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    Nov 03, 2014 6:20 AM GMT
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    Honestly when I first saw the lamp I wondered how it would fit in any decor but as pictured it looks great! Curious as to how it looks with the rest of the room but that's besides the point. Congrats on this much-deserved recognition!
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    Nov 03, 2014 12:21 PM GMT
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    Honestly when I first saw the lamp I wondered how it would fit in any decor but as pictured it looks great! Curious as to how it looks with the rest of the room but that's besides the point. Congrats on this much-deserved recognition!

    TY! It's really a gift to honor my husband, The SMART Ride is partly his creation. I only came on the scene with the Ride 7 years ago. That's why Charles wouldn't take money for the lamp, after I had commissioned it from him, because of the millions of dollars my husband & I have helped raise for HIV/AIDS.

    That's also why I got my husband a custom bicycle some years back, hand-painted in Key West with HIV/AIDS themes. We can't keep it in the house, it's in our climate-controlled storage unit, but I bring it to our fundraisers, where it's always an attention-getter, as I had intended.

    But this lamp we can keep in our small place. Yeah, you're right, it's really out of place, but then EVERYTHING here is out of place (including sometimes myself, I think icon_sad.gif ).

    And here's that bike, when I had it presented to my husband in Key West. That's a panel of the national AIDS quilt behind us. I haven't blurred any faces here because this photo appeared in the news media, that covered the event.

    He didn't know anything about it, I lured him into this store under false pretenses (the owner on the far left first row is our friend), then surprised him with it. The artist is also in this pic.

    We were requested to keep the bike in Key West from November (when this pic was taken) until a fundraiser in February, when we returned to attend it, and then brought the bike back to Wilton Manors with us. The bike was exhibited throughout Key West during that time, to raise money for a local art group. But it's never been ridden, nor will be.

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    Nov 03, 2014 2:05 PM GMT
    Here's my sketch for an Art Deco "penis fountain" as I mentioned above. Fountains are a recurring theme in Art Deco.

    The artist Charles who made our lamp used this as an inspiration for another of his glass works. I'll try to get a pic of it.

    I'd like to get him to do something closer to this original design, simple & childish though it is (done in a word processor, not a draw program).

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    Nov 03, 2014 4:43 PM GMT
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    THAT'S creative. Is that your original design or are penis fountains a recurring theme in art deco design?

    As for things not matching, we all start out with the best of intentions trying to be matchy-matchy. But after accumulating 20, 30, 40 years of gifts, mementos and varying homes those intentions can go out the window!

    When my grandmother was downsizing at 94 she began purging with such a vengeance that if I wasn't there important papers and photos (vintage immigration documents, family photos dating back to the 1860s) would've been garbaged. We share a birthday, in a few days she turns 101.
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    Nov 03, 2014 5:38 PM GMT
    eagermuscle said^
    THAT'S creative. Is that your original design or are penis fountains a recurring theme in art deco design?

    As for things not matching, we all start out with the best of intentions trying to be matchy-matchy. But after accumulating 20, 30, 40 years of gifts, mementos and varying homes those intentions can go out the window!

    When my grandmother was downsizing at 94 she began purging with such a vengeance that if I wasn't there important papers and photos (vintage immigration documents, family photos dating back to the 1860s) would've been garbaged. We share a birthday, in a few days she turns 101.


    "original design or are penis fountains a recurring theme in art deco design"

    Come with me and I'll show you all about Art Deco

    http://youtu.be/vndL5tTTReE
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    Nov 03, 2014 8:25 PM GMT
    eagermuscle said^
    THAT'S creative. Is that your original design or are penis fountains a recurring theme in art deco design?

    No, I said FOUNTAINS are an Art Deco theme. Not PENIS fountains. My bad if I wasn't clear. I merely used a penis as the naughty basis for my own fountain. icon_redface.gif

    And "fountain" is actually a broad term, and does not neccessarily mean actual spouting water. It's a concept that evokes the idea of a fountain. Often, but not always, it's a lighting fixture.

    But thanks for the compliment. A bit childish in execution, using a word processor, but I had fun doing something silly. And our artist friend Charles liked it, and he adapted it for one of his own designs.

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    Nov 04, 2014 5:42 PM GMT
    freedomisntfree said
    Come with me and I'll show you all about Art Deco

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    An interesting video. But a great deal of what they show is not remotely Art Deco. Especially some building exteriors and interiors. I think you'd agree that Grand Central Station is not Art Deco. Nor is a 707 jet aircraft, or a recently produced Rolls Royce automobile.

    But they got some of it right. Although I'm also disappointed they really didn't stress more of the Machine Age influence, and streamlining.
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    Nov 04, 2014 11:46 PM GMT
    Art,
    Are you really 64? My b/f Dad is and he still works out daily and plays tennis and raquetball. He looks amazing and is a very attractive man. Is your life sedentary? I thought you cycled?
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    Nov 05, 2014 12:16 AM GMT
    MikemikeMike saidArt,
    Are you really 64? My b/f Dad is and he still works out daily and plays tennis and raquetball. He looks amazing and is a very attractive man. Is your life sedentary? I thought you cycled?

    I'm actually 65, as my profile says. It's amazing the difference a year can make! LOL!

    I went gray very quickly, just like my Dad did. But I still don't have a lot of wrinkles, except ones on my forehead that I've had since a teenager. The weight had been building because of the meds I take for various conditions, that slow my metabolism. And then during my cancer treatment my testosterone was purposely suppressed. That caused even more weight gain, and muscle loss.

    But I'm slowly recovering from that. I rejoined a gym. Yes, I do bicycle, but not as much as before the cancer. I am increasingly sedentary, because of my arthritis. I must walk with a cane, and on the bike I carry a folding cane for when I get off it somewhere. I find it amusing I can ride the bike more easily and less painfully than I can walk.
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    Nov 05, 2014 12:21 AM GMT
    One of the rare times I want to like something and there isn't a like button to hit....

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    Nov 09, 2014 10:54 AM GMT
    Nice lamps. Thank you for sharing.
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    Nov 09, 2014 11:16 AM GMT
    Homerk saidNice lamps. Thank you for sharing.

    YW. I just showed these pics to the artist yesterday. You guys saw them before he did. He was thrilled with our using the black pedestal.

    He mentioned what a challenge it is to join angled sheets of glass together with leading for a 3-dimensional square with 90º angles, as in this lamp's base and shade. It's much easier when the glass pieces are all flat, as in a window, or just slightly angled. But then Tiffany used to do it for their elaborate lampshades, so I guess it's a matter of having the proper factory equipment, versus being a home hobbyist.

    But we're certainly grateful for what we had made for us by a friend, and will treasure it.
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    Nov 09, 2014 2:13 PM GMT
    southbeach1500 said
    But a 707 sure does look sleek!

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    That's the first commercial airliner I ever flew, all by myself to college in 1967. And I think it may well have been on American Airlines, on a plane identical to this one.

    In the days when it was still common for men to wear a coat & tie on a plane, at least when flying in First Class as I did, and how I was dressed. Got complete meal service with hard plates, genuine glasses, and metal silverware, several choices of a full entrée with vegetables and dessert. I can't remember if they offered me complimentary alcohol, since 18 was the legal drinking age in many parts of the US, but I'm sure I didn't take any.

    I was surprised at the take-off acceleration speed of a modern jet, pushing me back in my seat. But I tried to stay composed & blasé about it, and not appear to be an innocent rube with all these impressive-looking older gentlemen sitting around me. Yet inside I was all excited and thrilled, still a little kid at heart on his first big solo adventure, in a modern 707. Funny to look back upon it now.
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    Nov 09, 2014 2:53 PM GMT
    Bowyn_Aerrow saidOne of the rare times I want to like something and there isn't a like button to hit....

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    Thanks! I'm gonna mention to the artist next time I see him all the positive comments he's been getting online here. What I find most impressive is his use of fused layered glass to create the designs.

    The TSR logo on the lampshade front is an exact replica of the original. He reproduced it perfectly. I have no idea how he was able to form the molten glass into those precise thin shapes, barely 2 millimeters thick. I think maybe with grinding, but the edges are beautifully beveled and polished. And whatever the method, the accuracy to the original design is astonishing.