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Big Rig Sconce, 2024

Off-the-shelf truck exhaust parts of chromed steel and various lighting components

15 x 5 x 18 inches


From the Maker:

Big Rig Sconce is a readymade. Utilizing semi-truck exhaust parts, the lamp takes mundane modular pieces, meant to channel diesel emissions, and repurposes them as diffusers and light reflectors. The light output and reflections are controlled manually by adjusting the position of the "rain flap" by hand, which dramatically alters its mood and atmosphere. During a time of global controversy over the future of energy, the lamp is both a nod and subtle joke to the evolution of industry and perceived role of environmental politics. Without context however, it's also just a fun lamp.


Jude Di Leo is an American multidisciplinary designer born in 1983. He studied graphic design while attending Rhode Island School of Design, and after craving something more physical and three dimensional, received his bachelor's degree in Industrial Design from Pratt Institute in 2005. During and after college he worked for fine woodworkers and metalworkers, where he honed his craft while forming his own aesthetic practice, based on influences as seemingly diverse as the Bauhaus to ancient civilizations. The work of his studio is represented by collectible design galleries around the world, and in 2019 he was nominated for a Cooper Hewitt Design Award. He currently works and resides in New York's Hudson Valley.


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Jude Di Leo, Big Rig Sconce

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