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BONELAMP: A nature-inspired exploration in repurposed PVC sewer pipe

Bruce M. Tharp

This project is an exploration of the relationship between beauty and waste. Scrap PVC sewer and drainage pipes salvaged from a construction site become the raw material for the production of an aesthetic (and functional) domestic object. Inspired by the structural efficiency of bird bones, which must be both strong and light, the form of this lamp visually reflects nature's logic. Conceptually, this lamp draws upon bones as residual markers of life, to remind the consumer of the enduring material aspects of products at the end of their useful existence and after they enter into the waste stream.