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"Wo Bist Du, Edison...?" Ceiling Lamp

A work made of hologram, acrylic glass, and aluminum.

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  • A work made of hologram, acrylic glass, and aluminum.




Ingo Maurer
German, 1932–2019

About this artwork

Since the mid-1960s, Ingo Maurer has created lamps and lighting systems that reflect his fascination with the light bulb as the “perfect union of technology and poetry.” Wo Bist Du, Edison … ? (Where are You, Edison … ?) pays tribute to the original inventor of the light bulb. When the lamp is switched on, a vibrant hologram of a traditional incandescent bulb illuminates the acrylic lampshade. In addition, the light socket above the shade, which holds the actual light source for the hologram, is shaped like a profile of Thomas Edison. Maurer’s design playfully combines the basic elements of a standard lamp—bulb, shade, and socket, while offering an allegory of the intangible quality of light itself.

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Architecture and Design


Ingo Maurer


"Wo Bist Du, Edison...?" Ceiling Lamp




Hologram, acrylic glass, and aluminum


25 x 52 x 46 cm (10 x 20 1/2 x 18 in.), 300 cm (118 in.) of cable)

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Restricted gift of the Architecture & Design Society

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