Psyche Inspired: Sam Hollasch

Institution: Rochester Institute of Technology

Major: Industrial Design

Psyche Inspired Class: 2020-2021

A product presentation page, titled “Psyche Light”. In the center of the page is a large photograph of a lamp. The lamp has a short, cylindrical base made of cork. A translucent white dome sits on the base and diffuses an orange light. The dome is heavily textured with craters to mimic the hypothesized surface of the asteroid Psyche. Along the left margin is a black and white orthographic line drawing of the lamp.

Psyche Light

Sam Hollasch

December 29, 2020

Major: Industrial Design

Genre/Medium: sculpture and product design; made from clear-set resin and cork

About the work: This is a light, or mood lamp, made from cork and clear-cast resin. The base is laminated cork that has been sanded smooth with a natural finish. The dome is sculpted to mimic the cratered surface of the asteroid Psyche. The texture is double-layered: both the outer and inner surfaces were cast from heavily sculpted molds. The outside is finished with a hard-set clear coating, and the inside is frosted to reduce transparency. The shifting, translucent surface of the dome diffuses a soft orange light, which flickers gently at the heart of the form.

For this project, I was inspired to create a representation of Psyche’s potential as a source of knowledge and discovery. There is still much that remains unknown about the asteroid, and there is opportunity there to learn more about the universe, and about ourselves. The light of this little lamp represents that journey of discovery.

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Billowing clouds of pink, purple, and blue ring a glowing asteroid, cut through by a pillar of bright light. The scene is backdropped by the rich, dark blue void of space, sprinkled with stars.

Heart of Gold

Sam Hollasch

November 09, 2020

Major: Industrial Design

Genre/Medium: digital illustration

About the work: The Psyche asteroid is hypothesized to be the remains of a protoplanet formed in the early solar system that underwent collisions that shed it of its outer layers, leaving exposed core material behind. The Psyche asteroid was named after the titular figure in Greek mythology – the goddess of the soul. I was inspired by the name and the story of the asteroid’s creation – the idea that Psyche is the exposed heart of a long-vanished planet. This illustration shows the luminous metal core just after the moment of impact, when its light first breaks through a cloud of debris.

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