Leefy See Dragon (Pendant Light) by Marc Pascal
2016 - 2017, Golden A' Lighting Products and Lighting Projects Design Award Winner
The leafy sea dragon is an ocean creature unique to the waters of South Eastern Australia, and is the inspiration for this light. This curious animal mates for life, with the father carrying the eggs until they hatch. The form of this light reflect the poetry of this rare sea creature as it uses the ocean currents to glide along seaweed forests, cleverly disguising itself with its sea-weed like frills. Even with its ornate and decorated form, this creature holds itself with a quiet dignity. How long can it survive in this changing world? I am happy with my designs only when I find them deeply pleasing myself, in this way, I am my own client first. I wanted to create a pendant with many branches of light, reaching in all directions, playful and sensuous, like the leafy sea dragon. I was lucky enough to watch a leafy sea dragon in its natural environment, whilst snorkeling, just an hour or so from Melbourne. This lucky encounter fueled my inspiration to finish this project through all the technical difficulties I encountered. Developing this light required a lot of patience.
This light is a study of the organic and sensuous. A departure from my previous range of lighting, it is also a return to my design roots, and uses techniques that I have developed over years of practice. The compound organic form is sophisticated, yet simple, echoing the lines of the ceramic forms that I designed earlier in my career. The result is a luminaire that quintessentially reflects my unique design style.
Design Challenges
Working within the computer on a surface form is not the same as touching a real object, once the pattern had been printed and I could hold it, I realized I needed to add and subtract from the from. Another problem I needed to overcome was the casting of the main body, it needed to be light weight and strong, a solid was way too heavy. The solution was to rotational mould Forton twice, and then fill the void with urethane, the sprue is then concealed. The result is light weight and strong.
Production Technology
Design began with wooden models, which informed the computer models made in Rhino and T-Splines. The pattern was 3D printed in sections, and a two-piece silicon mould was made with 14 inserts for the globe holders. Wiring is concealed within the form, and positive and negative wires exit the top of the mould. The body is rotationally moulded in Forton and infilled with urethane foam for strength and lightness. The nodes were created in Rhino and the pattern 3D printed to create more moulds.
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