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System For Shaping Wood Through Lightning Strikes

A public artefact focusing and directing electrical energy from lightning strikes. When struck the seven-meter high system sends a current down an arranged set of stainless steel forks drilled into a large piece of wood. In the same way as when a tree is struck, the current takes the most electrically conductive route to the earth, splitting the wood down regions of sap-rich cells and air pockets rapidly expanded at colossal force by the passing current. What is revealed are beaten and battered forms, capturing the intensity and energy of the split second lightning strike. Situated upon isolated hilltops, the object focuses our attention on these monumental and unrestrained forces of nature and connects us with this unprecedented, fleeting moment of power.

The conductor and fork system is made from varying stainless steel components, with the electrically insulative joints and structural components made from porcelain and glass re-enforced plastic tubing. On the very top of the rod sits a handcrafted copper tip, reminiscent of traditional lightning conductors.

System For Shaping Wood Through Lightning Strikes

A public artefact focusing and directing electrical energy from lightning strikes. When struck the seven-meter high system sends a current down an arranged set of stainless steel forks drilled into a large piece of wood. In the same way as when a tree is struck, the current takes the most electrically conductive route to the earth, splitting the wood down regions of sap-rich cells and air pockets rapidly expanded at colossal force by the passing current. What is revealed are beaten and battered forms, capturing the intensity and energy of the split second lightning strike. Situated upon isolated hilltops, the object focuses our attention on these monumental and unrestrained forces of nature and connects us with this unprecedented, fleeting moment of power.

The conductor and fork system is made from varying stainless steel components, with the electrically insulative joints and structural components made from porcelain and glass re-enforced plastic tubing. On the very top of the rod sits a handcrafted copper tip, reminiscent of traditional lightning conductors.

craig(at)craigbarrow.co.uk

+49 (0) 176 7534 3561

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Craig Barrow is an artist and designer working in the areas of object and sculpture. Seeing design as responses to the world’s curiosities and shared relationships, his body of work stems from material exploration and production processes, observations of human interaction with objects and scientific and natural phenomena.

Born in Nottingham, UK, currently based in Berlin.

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craig@craigbarrow.com
+49 (0) 176 7534 3561

Neukölln, 10967, Berlin

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