EOY Bulletin Board Staples on Magnet 3

This is a sculpture, a lighting project, and a photograph. I hope it will inspire you to feel free to play with objects and things in creating your art.

EOY Bulletin Board Staples on Magnet 3
(c) 2019 Brian Berlin

What you see is a collection of staples removed from my classroom bulletin boards at the end of the school year on a rectangular magnet. They are sitting atop a piece of white copy paper illuminated from the upper left by a salt lamp on its side.

The magnetism allowed me to tease the staples up and out in an artful upward-reaching sweep from left to right.

This was photo 3. In the previous 2, I toyed with the clump of staples on the magnet just as they were, without intentionally sculpting them.

EOY Bulletin Board Staples on Magnet 1
(c) 2019 Brian Berlin

The above photo was the first in the series. You see the magnet is on the faux granite desk top and I was toying with casting a shadow across the frame.

EOY Bulletin Board Staples on Magnet 2
(c) 2019 Brian Berlin

In the second shot in the series, I imagined the magnet as a space ship flying into the sun. I was thinking of the final episode of Battlestar Galactica.

And finally, consider giving every work of art, EVERY piece a title. Something about a title helps make it a little… more (even if it’s only a title like “EOY Bulletin Board Staples on Magnet….”).

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