Lumia Lightolier kinetic light sculpture Created by Earl Reiback, this is a rare Mid-century modern kinetic light sculpture, manufactured in Japan sometime around 1970. It displays a hypnotic / psychedelic spectrum of colors that slowly move and change patterns somewhat like the Northern lights. It is housed in and 11.5" square and 7" deep, wood finish laminated box, with an opaque white plastic'display' screen. Box is in great condition, with light wear, one corner has more wear (see pictures).
This particular unit, and in most others you see, the colors looked very orangey. On inspection of the inside, it was noted that the design leaves no real venting for the vintage lightbulb, that essentially creates an oven - or in my opinion a firetrap. As a result, the blue gel / lens closest to the bulb center (rectangle piece of blue plastic) was melted in half removing the blue from the mix.This makes the red and yellow lenses more prominent. Also, the mylar'pinwheel' assembly that spins and reflects the light was deformed and wilted from the heat. I painstakingly removed it, flattened it out, created a new pattern based as close as possible to the original, and cut a new pinwheel from a mirror-finish mylar and installed it. Lastly, I installed an LED bulb which is MUCH cooler read: safer! The item "Lumia Lightolier kinetic light sculpture, Earl Reiback, rare Mid-century modern" is in sale since Saturday, December 21, 2019. This item is in the category "Antiques\Periods & Styles\Mid-Century Modernism". The seller is "pure_analog" and is located in Bloomington, Indiana. This item can be shipped to United States.