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The Lamplighter

Tyler and Ashley Voorhees

The Lamplighter is a 12.5 foot tall interactive sculpture constructed of hundreds of antiquated tools and wooden remnants. It features a long-limbed lamplighter sitting atop a tall bike, illuminating the night as he lights a streetlamp. A crosscut saw, cast iron wagon wheel, rusty well point, hay saw, wrenches, old shovels, and 1920s fire extinguisher are among the dozens of tools pieced and welded together in a grand gesture of gratitude to this humble worker. The Lamplighter harks back to the early days when streets of most towns and cities were lit by gas lamps. By means of long poles, ladders, and even tall bikes, these lamps had to be lit each night as dusk turned to darkness. Lamplighters provided not only light but also safety in their communities. More than just a job, these harbingers of light represent a way of life: illuminating darkness. We all carry light within us and The Lamplighter symbolizes a collective connection to spread that light.

Entry Details
  • Art form: Time-Based
  • Depth: 8 ft
  • Medium: Antiquated Tools & Wooden Remnants
  • Width: 3 ft
  • Year created: 2020
  • Height: 12.5 ft

About Tyler and Ashley Voorhees

Tyler and Ashley Voorhees are a husband and wife team that creates public art. Their collaborative work is on display in Michigan, Morocco, and Mexico. Their passion is for people, workers, and history. He comes from a fine art painting and paper collage background while she is a trained graphic designer.