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This is truly a seminal piece. This rusty lantern I bought in an antique shop for not much money and it sat on the wood stove in my apartment long before I started doing art. After I had created a few pieces, I looked at that lantern in a different way. The lantern, of course, was frightened. It had seen what I'd done to other perfectly nice junk in the name of art. But I just assembled some old colorful electronic parts around a cardboard tube in the middle and mounted some LEDs in a disk above them. Simple, colorful. Jan won't let me sell it. And I don't think the lantern is unhappy either.

Collection of Jan Wigen

Rusty Lantern
Rusty Lantern
6”w x 16”h x 6”d
2006