These two beautifully quirky lamps were fashioned out of obsolete technology, including aircraft compasses, railroad signal switching relays and stainless-steel ink cylinders. Creative recycling is so awesome.
The lamps were made by Alan Lishness over at the Gulf of Maine Research Institute. The round bulbed one was made from a water-cooled dual processor yanked from an Apple G5 desktop, an hour meter, an aircraft compass and 40W LED bulbs.
The other one is the child of a signal switching relay manufactured by the General Railway Signal Company in 1924. The perforated cylinders used to be ink canisters designed for high-speed fabric printing. Don't they make you want to raid your garage and see what you can create? [Lishness - Thanks Alan!]