BIO & STATEMENT
The "Tri-State-Punk" is a lamp comprised of vintage; brass and steel pressure gauges, Edison styled light bulbs, water main cover, transmission gears, brake rotor and gas piping. The key components are from each of the tri-states. The large brass pressure gauge is from Philadelphia, the smaller steel pressure gauge is from New Jersey, and the brass water main and cap are from New York. The lamp has a uniquely positioned illuminated LED push button on/off switch under the flip cover of the water main cap. The inspiration came from my love of early American steam trains and a tribute to my grandfather who passed along his creative talents as-well-as his belief that things are not simply disposable. It was made to remind us of a time when travel was a special privilege and trains represented freedom and adventure.
The "Green Machine" is a lamp who's focal point is a vintage steel John Deere tractor dashboard that developed a rich rust patina naturally over time. The red iron steam shut off valve is attached to give a likeness to a steering wheel. The base is made of a brake rotor and transmission gears. This lamps one-of-a-kind feature is the on/off Ignition Key that provides power to the Edison light bulbs. Turn the key to the right and it lights up, just like an ignition on our vehicles of today. The inspiration for this lamp comes from a time when farm lands dominated the landscape and tractors were the American farmers pride and joy.
“Here I Go”. It started with a spark…..A spark of the welder joining three types of transportation related parts together. A railway car wheel to a truck transmission gear, historic steam gauges (1909 Bayonne Terminal) and a ship’s brass spotlight to light up the dark. Sometimes it’s nice to leave a light on, and “Here I Go” gives you the juice to light the way or make it as dim as a light at the end of the tunnel with its integrated dimmer switch. The inspiration for this piece comes from a love of music, songwriters, and the need to create something from nothing.
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"Model J" is a custom, hand crafted, one of a kind wall hanging clock with Attitude. The design is created from a collection of Ford 1930’s parts, various types of metal, vintage and present day accessories to bring it to life. The original 1930’s headlight buckets have been retrofit with vintage styled bulbs. LED lights were added to the original 1930’s radiator cover to illuminate the face of the clock. All of the lights are connected to an integrated dimmer switch, allowing you to set the mood. The patina’d copper clock face invokes intrigue, along with the roar of a V8 motor reference at the 8 o’clock position. Take a step back in time when things were simpler, motors were raw, and time stood still with the thrill of getting behind the wheel of a roadster.
Jay Cap is an industrial artist born and raised on the jersey shore. His eclectic mix of re-purposed metal and wood is worked into functional decorative art for the home. Inspired by his grandfather’s interest to salvage and recycle materials, Jay honed his skills in metal and woodworking to create the first pieces of his collection.