In Light of Failure

mmckenna and Animus

During the 2008 financial crash, industrial designer and business owner, Mark McKenna, lost his shirt. Six months earlier, Mark had taken out a large business loan to produce his newest product, the Betty Lou lamp. Two weeks after receiving the inventory, the crash occurred. Business dried up across the board, leaving him little choice but to close up shop, still bearing the enormous financial burden. It was a personal catastrophe, bringing Mark to the edge of bankruptcy and challenging his emotional and psychological resolve. Today, In Light of Failure is composed of the remaining unsold inventory. Each lamp -once a symbol of failure- is now a pixel of light and beacon of perseverance. The murals are a demonstration of the beauty that we can glean from our greatest life failures, and a celebration of the strengths that can be earned only through defeat. On the last day of the exhibit, viewers are invited to take a lamp; the artwork will be consumed, the failure figuratively erased.

Entry Details
  • Art form: Installation
  • Depth: Profound, but with levity
  • Medium: Lamps, Wood, Wire, Light, Metal, Other Stuff
  • Width: 72'
  • Year created: 2014
  • Height: 12'

About mmckenna and Animus

www.mmmckenna.com www.animusart.com