Artist Cory Barkman takes inspiration from the bygone era to create his amazing work. His work is reminiscent the time gone past and yet, is fairly contemporary. Amazing as these lamps look, they have been constructed entirely out of scrap. Cory searches for water, air, gas and mechanical parts at the scrap yard, identifying material that could potentially be used. We imagine him sifting through mountains of scrap, looking for the one part that will make the magic happen. Materials are not randomly used for the lamps, each lamp is unique, with its own theme that dictates the selection of parts.
With each part chosen so carefully, these objects also have functions to perform. Valves can serve as switches, gauges are used to display time and temperature, and then there are dimmer switches, hand-set rivets, hand-cranked telescoping bodies.
To quote Cory Barkman
My lamps are made almost entirely from found materials. I search for interesting objects, primarily water, gas, air, and mechanical parts found at the scrap yard. They appeal almost immediately to me as I envision them as potential components. In my shop I organise these treasures. They become a cache of resources and inspiration. A few key objects will trigger a design concept, although sometimes all it takes is one. From there I begin to consider the pieces to fill out the lamp.
Sometimes I may have the right part, or I may have to go searching or even fabricate my own piece. The process is quite deliberate. Each lamp develops its own theme, and care has to be taken in the selection of the parts used – their design, coloration, and proportion to ensure visual harmony. A discerning eye is required to make the design look intentional – not a random composition of found parts. Each lamp is unique and functions well as ambient or practical lighting.
All lamps have CSA approval, and are priced from $1200-$25,000. The lamps are available through Cory’s website, which also has a number of interesting creations by the artist.