Rage Against The Dying Of The Light

Rage Against The Dying Of The Light

The Light. Photo by Sarah Beck.

"Rage, rage against the dying of the light."

The repeating line from Dylan Thomas' 1952 poem "Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night" now "honors the final days of the tungsten light bulb," multimedia artist Sarah Beck says on her blog about her sculpture, The Light

Currently on display at Jubilee Plaza in Fort McMurray, Alberta, Canada, the sculpture comprises 360 tungsten bulbs that will burn out at staggered rates, prompting contemplation on the inevitability of change and of death. The Light has burned for all of 2015, each bulb dying in its own right, marking the end of a technology that revolutionized an era so much so that it came to symbolize a "bright idea," and ultimately ushering in a new era, led by its cousin, the LED, that will hopefully accompany further advances in technology towards environmental responsibility. 

As North America continues to phase out incandescent light bulbs, Beck and other designers and artists reflect on the impact of Thomas Edison's invention and the growing dominance of LED technology. Please feel free to share your thoughts on the decrease of tungsten and the rise of LED in the comments section below.

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