There’s person that works with me, at Girvin, Michael James Hawk. He’s an able researcher: need some added content, a reflection on a new client, gathering presentation material, managing Google research, studying the inbounds on Girvin.com — he’s the man. All that. And more. He’s also a sculptor, an artist, a poet, an explorer. And an interesting person, summed up.

Maybe about a year ago, I found these balled up wire objects. They would appear here and there, sprung out on table tops. And while they were interesting, I didn’t pay much attention to them.

We’ve been doing these new morning encounters with the staff, where people present what’s interesting to them in their private lives. Could be any of a variety of things. Michael recently presented his figurative sculpture. Along with some strange black and silver wired work, organic objects with light inside.

And where all this wire comes from is the pre-fabricated wire rolls we use to bind our books in the office. The process to binding is thus: one machine punches the holes, another imports the wire roll through the holes, a third machine creates pressure to close the wire bind into a tube. Anyway, there’s a trick to it; and it’s not always possible to do it, well, perfectly. So one must pull out the wire from the book and reinsert a new prefab wire roll. Throw away the old wire. Or maybe there’s a book that is outdated, needs to be tossed.

Michael grabs this left over wire, and has been experimenting with them at home, off work time. And he’s created these nesting illuminations. And what’s compelling about them for me is the light cast. What’s attractive, in addition to the concept of the form of the nests, is the shadow.

We’ve agreed to experiment with that. Actually, Michael’s already done some marvelous…

shadow tests.

Here are the fixtures (actually just one of them).



The light, and shadow:

The shadow darkened:

The wiring of the nest:

The wired world, up close:

And closer:

The lighted orb:

What’s next?

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