Blood Lamp: The Sacrifice For Light
“What if power came at a cost to the individual?”
Mike Thompson’s 2009 project “Blood Lamp” was invented to promote awareness regarding how much power and energy people–particularly Americans–waste.
“The average American consumes 3383kwh of energy per year. That’s equivalent to leaving the light on in 4 rooms for a whole year. The simple flick of a switch allows us to power appliances and gadgets 24/7 without a thought to where it comes from and the cost to the environment.” – Thompson
The lamp, which comes sealed at first with its own mix, activates when powdered chemicals are dissolved with the mixture, and blood is then added after breaking the stem and cutting oneself. Luminol, the active ingredient that glows in the presence of iron in red cells, illuminates the little bulb, which then creates a glow that can last for some time.
While the means of powering this little device are a bit morbid (and also a trifle bit dangerous), the concept is fascinating and moving. For those who aren’t afraid to sacrifice a little blood for a little light, and for the good of the environment, Thompson’s “Blood Lamp” is the go-to light source.
To see his innovation, along with his other works including his algal-based light “Latro”, visit his portfolio website here and look under the ‘projects’ tab.