Monday, October 13, 2008
The artifact that I have been given is the lava lamp. This is a lamp that came out around 1968 that represented that day and age. It is mostly reflects the hippie like movement. It is shaped like a rocket and has a metal top and bottom with glass in between. The glass is filled with liquid that has wax floating around in side of it. When that lamp is turned on the wax heats up and flows freely with looks a lot like lava giving it the name lava lamp. But it was not always called a lava lamp. Edward Walker took it to a Brussels trade show in 1965, where he called it an Astro. The lamp was then brought over by an Americans company and made it extremely popular in the US throughout the 60s and 70s. The lamps are still being produced and sold because of their very different shapes and colors that you can get. The cool design that cannot be replicated by any other type of lamp or anything that is around today gives the lamp a unique place in the world. The reason for getting a lava lamp is used not to light up the room but dim it down a little. It is to set the mood and give the room a little life and decoration. The different wax blobs give you a com affect and make you feel good, which is why it is known to be hippiesh.