Object of the Week: Fresnel Cube, Sean Augustine March, Brooklyn, New York, United States, designed in 2015, made in 2017. 2017.4.3.
March’s table lamp is a product born of the Internet age. He cultivated a growing interest in the science of light by watching YouTube videos by physicists and was introduced to the optical-grade dichroic glass used in the lamp through his activity in online forums. The lamp’s two nested boxes are lighted with a concealed LED bulb, creating an infinite mirror box that appears to be illuminated from its edges. Because the metallic coating on the surface of dichroic glass refracts and reflects different wavelengths of light in different conditions, the reflected boxes appear in a range of distinct colors, from hot pink to cool blues and greens.