Wolfgang Ryan
Gerbilsphere (1964 World’s Fair)
2008
Plastic pet toy, metal base, lamp parts, cable ties, pink party lightbulb
14" Diameter
When my neighbor's gerbil, Mr. Spock, suddenly passed away, and in his sorrow he discarded the poor creature's toy exercise ball, I was moved to create a monument to the animal. Also, I seized the opportunity to provide myself with some sorely needed ambient lighting in my home. Using the plastic ball, and other household items, I designed a sleek, utopian, Mid-Century Modern style lamp to shine as a memorial to the unfortunate gerbil.

Private Collection, Minneapolis, Minnesota
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