Sharon and the Giant Fiberglass Lightbulb

Goodness! OMG! Lordy Lordy! Holy Moly!
My lightbulb idea was chosen for the “Lighten Up Spartanburg” exhibit! OMG OMG! I am so happy and so terrified!

This is the first drawing I submitted for the idea that was chosen:


I had my heart set on another idea I had submitted, which wasn’t chosen:


At first I was a bit disappointed that the Hubble Bulb wasn’t chosen. I liked it best, of all my ideas. Then, at the Kick Off Party, I saw that there was another bulb chosen that had a space theme. They can’t have 2 that are the same I guess. After living with this reality, that I will be doing the Geo Bulb, I am starting to like it more and more. One reason is that the Geo Bulb idea is much more like the fine art I am doing, with beads and found objects and recycled bits. It also lends itself to a statement about the environment, which is great! Now I am happy the Geo Bulb was chosen. Now it seems perfect.

A week or so ago, the Spartanburg Art Museum (SAM) contacted me asking me to send more drawings and answer a list of questions. They wanted to know things like how I will cut the bulb, how will it be weatherproof, what, exactly, will I use for the inside, stuff like that.  They wanted this by September 26th, which was in about 4 days. I knew the Kick Off party, and the announcements about which the other 25 bulbs would be, was on the 29th, talk about nervous! OMG. (and no, I do not think I am taking the Lord’s name in vain here. A person’s deepest inner dreams are a perfectly valid reason to talk to God.)

So I made up more drawings and answered the questions. I actually made a 3D model of the bulb in SecondLife and my son helped me “take pictures” which I used to make the drawings. I wrote and re-wrote my answers several times, as if I was trying to write the great American novel…

On the 26th, the deadline, it was time to send my email presentation back. I came home from errands and found Duke Energy on my street changing a telephone pole and telling me that the power would be out all afternoon. Whaaaaaaat?!?!?! They needed the additional information by today, OMG!

Will the power come on too late? Where can I go to use power? What family members are home now? Will some store up the block let me plug in? Talk about frantic!

But then I wondered if the Duke trucks had a plug. They did. (such a plug, by the way!) They are fully electrified and very sweet. Problem solved. I sent the email sitting on my neighbor’s lawn with the gallant Duke Energy guy standing behind me to block the glare. You never know what interesting adventures the day will bring, do ya?

So the new drawings were flying through the void of cyberspace:





“1. What materials are being used to create the geode effect?

I have a large supply of broken mirrors, broken ceramics, buttons, beads, broken bits of tempered glass from two crimes (a robbery and a vandalism), broken jewelry, lenses from eyeglasses and sunglasses, beer caps, chandelier crystals, broken toys and so forth…

Please note – these materials are much more colorful and glittery in person than in the photos.”


Then, on the 28th, I got the acceptance email. OMG OMG (Yes, thank You God)

The museum says we will be getting our information, specs and giant fiberglass light-bulb in mid October. In the meantime, there are lots of things I can do to hit-the-ground-running, like pricing out my materials and finding an auto body shop or someplace to cut the bulb for me. After doing some research, it turns out that cutting fiberglass is not a pleasant job without the proper protective gear. goggles and such. I have to figure out how I can be sure that the hole in the bulb and the plex window will fit exactly. I need to consider how much this whole schlemiel will weigh and will it be top heavy. I am not sure how these are to be attached to the bases. If the plan is for a rod to go up inside, will it show inside my geode?

Well, now I’m just rambling, so I will promise updates and go have breakfast. Thanks for stopping by. 😀

About sharonpassmore

Hi. I am an artist living in Greenville, South Carolina. I am the Art moderator at Eratosphere, a forum of Ablemuse Review. I play with all sorts of art-forms, including digital design and fabric design, but nearest to my heart, at the moment, is collage. I like it best if the collage materials are not recognized from a distance and reveal themselves at close up, the way a painting can look realistic from a distance but on closer inspection, the freedom of brushstrokes becomes apparent. My materials are my brushstrokes. ​ I use anything I find in my collage that suits the purpose, beads, broken jewelry, wallpaper scraps etc... I always try to incorporate recycled packaging too. This is important to me, partly because of the environment, and partly because I get a little thrill out of recognizing the value of materials most people would discard as trash. Think of this next time you peel that wonderful foil seal off a new can of coffee. ​ I am inspired by many kinds of traditional arts and crafts. The cultural history of the world is just loaded with fabulous treasure, isn't it? I view the world of art and art history as a giant buffet and I want to sample a taste of everything. "Mmmmm that Wabi Sabi looks delicious! Gimme a little of that Horror Vacui! Check out those fantastic Molas!" I completely reject the idea that one artform is superior to another due to what is in fashion at the moment. Art is timeless. ​ If there's something I don't like too much, I try to keep in mind that I probably don't understand it, and that's a signal to me that I have something more to learn. There is always something more to learn. Thanks for visitng <3 Sharon Passmore
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