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Incandescent Light Bulb Memorial Project

Submitted by Kristján Kristjánsson


Location: Reykjavík, Iceland

Completion date: 2012

Project Team


Kristján Kristjánsson


Örvar halldórsson


Hafdís Bjarnadóttir


Incandescent Light Bulb Memorial Project


As part of the annual Icelandic Design Festival, Design March 2012, I wanted to honor the recently banned incandescent light bulb. This technology has been one of sciences and designs greatest creations, and I am remembering it through an art installation that uses only incandescent bulbs.
Using burned out light bulbs and casting video projections on them, we can follow the timeline of the incandescent bulb history. From its birth when Sir Humphry Davy used energy to produce light on a platinum wire, to the time when Thomas Edison got the patent for the most known incandescent bulb. We will not forget all men that took part on this invention from 1802 to 1880


1850 Joseph Swan shows the carbonized paper filament lamps.
1854 Heinrich Goebel makes and incandescent electric light bulb that last it up to 400 hours.
1878 Joseph Swan makes the first incandescent lamp in evacuated glass bulb.
1880 Thomas Edison shows the bamboo filament bulb that last 1200 hours.

Additional Information

Incandescent bulb born 1802, died 2012 Killed by the stupidity of the European Union