Psyche Inspired

The Light of Psyche

Meagan martin

February 23rd, 2024

Major: Engineering with Industrial Design

Genre/Medium: Glass, Wood, and LED lights

About the work: The Light of Psyche is a blown glass lamp in the shape of the Psyche Asteroid set on a wooden base. This work was inspired by the physical form of the psyche asteroid as well as the strong emotional connection society has to Psyche as a beacon of hope, inspiration, and wonder–a true representation of the human soul.

The blown glass form was created through the use of a 3D print of the psyche, a silicon mold of a negative of the form, a wax positive of the asteroid, and a one-use Plaster mold. The glass form was blown in the plaster mold and finished via cold working. The Wooden base was shaped via a router and stained with natural wood stain. The LED light is inlaid in the base in a recessed port.

This work was made possible due to the help and guidance of Zachary Fielder, Dyllan Nguyen, Sarah Swartwout, James Morley Read, James McLeod, Benjamin Linder, Conor Davies, Olivia Eburne, Chirs Watts, and Jeff Mentuck.

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Psyche Inspired Overview

Psyche Inspired is a program that brings undergraduate students from any discipline or major together to share the excitement, innovation, and scientific and engineering content of NASA’s Psyche mission with the public in new ways through artistic and creative works. These works are posted in the gallery above and highlighted on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram. View the full resolution images in the image gallery. This year’s Psyche Inspired cohort is known as the Tungsten Class.

Psyche Inspired was piloted at ASU during the 2017-2018 academic year. The following academic year, Psyche Inspired expanded nationally! The works from each Psyche Inspired cohort are collected in individual downloadable books that tell the story of Psyche through musical scores, sculptures, painting, 3-D models, photography, acrylic art, needlepoint, stop-motion films, mixed media, and more.

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